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Schafik Jorge Handal

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: El Salvador
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1930
  • Age: 90
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Schafik Jorge Handal was a Salvadoran politician. Born in Usulután, he was the son of Palestinian immigrants from the town of Bethlehem.

Between 1973 and 1994, he was the general secretary of the Communist Party of El Salvador. As GS of the PCS, Handal embraced elections and rejected armed struggle to conquer political power in El Salvador. Later on, after two allegedly fraudulent elections in 1972 and in 1977, and despite the intervention of the Communist Party of Cuba (History of the FMLN, newspaper "Frente"), Handal became convinced that the defeat of the military dictatorship would not be possible through elections. As a guerrilla leader in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was a member of the group that brought five opposition forces together to found the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN).


Achievements and Awards

On January 16, 2004, he was invested with the title of Honorary Professor of Political Science of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in a ceremony held at the Universidad de El Salvador.


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