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Exit: Salvadoran junta; enter: new Assembly

El Salvador's newly elected Constituent Assembly held an inaugural session Thursday to schedule talks for choosing a new president and to take formal control of the nation's legislative functions.

The meeting marked the formal end of legislative power for the military-civilian junta led by President Jose Napoleon Duarte.

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Former Foreign Minister Antonio Rodriguez Porth was mentioned as the favorite rightist candidate. But the Assembly, fearing the US Congress would halt military aid to a rightist government, has reportedly drafted a list of four possible candidates, including Alvaro Magana, a banker.

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