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Mauricio Funes
The president of El Salvador discusses his plans to tackle one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2011 10:05

Mauricio Funes, the president of El Salvador, talks to Lucia Newman about the problems facing Central America's smallest, but most densely populated country.

Funes, the nation's first left-wing president, talks about his plans to address one of the highest murder rates in the world. Overrun with gangs that control urban and rural areas and the presence of the world's most dangerous drug cartels, El Salvador remains more dangerous than many war zones two decades after the end of the nation's civil war.

"We are convinced that our problems - poverty, the lack of or slow economic growth and climate change - can only be solved regionally"

Mauricio Funes, the president of El Salvador, in conversation with Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman
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