The new ruling junta of El Salvador, Central America's smallest republic, conferred Jan 26, in the capital, San Salvador, at St.
The new ruling junta of El Salvador, Central America's smallest republic, conferred Jan 26, in the capital, San Salvador, at St. Carlos Army Barracks, cradle of their coup ousting the three-month-old left-wing Government.
Army leaders inspected troops and guns. The new junta, called a Military Directorate, met again next day Jan. 27 and promised speedy elections as soon as the country returned to normal, pledged agrarian reform to help small farmers. A spokesman said: "But we expect to be running the country for so short a time that we plant to turn the agrarian programme over to the new constitutionally elected Government."
The junta consist of Colonel Anibal Portillo, Chief of Staff under the old regime; Colonel Julio Senor Antonio Rodriquez Perth; Senor Jose Valiente and Senor Feliciano Avelar.
They met a delegation at the Barracks from the U.S. Army Mission in San Salvador, and promised closer ties with the United States.
Meanwhile curfew remained, with troops guarding public buildings, airports and main roads. Troops off duty relaxed in the requisitioned National Theatre building. Special guards patrolled the empty presidential palace, as City shops and transport services reopened.