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Reagan: Salvador voting a 'victory for freedom'

President Reagan has called the presidential election in El Salvador a victory for freedom and lauded the heroism of those who voted despite leftist guerrilla efforts to disrupt the balloting.

''Although the final vote count is not yet in, it looks like the turnout is another victory for freedom over tyranny, of liberty over oppression, of courage over intimidation,'' he said at a White House award ceremony for winners of the presidential Medal of Freedom Monday.

Harry Shlaudeman, the new ambassador-at-large to Central America, called the election ''a remarkable demonstration of the strength of the democratic ideal in El Salvador.''

Mr. Shlaudeman, who was executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, was sworn in Monday to succeed Ambassador Richard Stone, who resigned.

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