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Implementation of the agreement reached between the government and the FMLN has proven contentious. "But," according to Boston Globe correspondent Pamela Constable, "a combination of war-weariness  and  growing pragmatism among leaders of all persuasions suggests that once-bitter adversaries have begun to develop a modus vivendi.“

President Cristiani reduced the strength of the army from 63,000 to 31,500 by February 1993, earlier than provided for by the agreement.

In 1998, President Armando Calderon Sol surprised both supporters and opponents when he launched a bold program of reforms.

 A dozen years of war had left the economic infrastructure in disarray. The economy had, at best, remained static, and while the war raged, there had been no attempt to modernize.

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated the country, leaving 200 dead and over 30,000 homeless. In Jan. and Feb. 2001, major earthquakes struck El Salvador, damaging about 20% of the nation's housing.

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