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El Salvador to Vote Amid Sluggish GDP Growth and Soaring Crime

El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren is seeking to retain control of congress and his economic agenda as all 84 seats in the Central American country’s legislature are up for grabs in elections this weekend.

Violence and sluggish economic growth remain the top concern among voters heading into the March 1 vote, said Jeannette Aguilar, director of the Public Opinion Institute at the Central American University in San Salvador. The opposition Arena party, which has vowed to limit spending and debt sales, needs to gain one seat to have the 29 necessary to veto international bond sales.