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The Michigan Daiy-Thursday May 6, 1982-'Page 5
Salvadoran prof
evaluates future
of country

"Moderate" is only a relative term
and cannot be used to accurately
describe El Salvador's provisional
President Alzaro Magana, a former
professor of education at Catholic
University of El Salvador told an
audience of about 30 last night at the
Michigan Union.
Joaquim Samayoa, who left El
Salvador in 1980, claimed Magana is
only a puppet for the military and
rightist factions in El Salvador during a
lecture sponsored by the Latin
American Solidarity Committee and
Faculty Concerned with Human Rights
in El Salvador.
PRESIDENT Magana was selected
by the 60-member Constituent Assem-
bly, elteted by the El Salvadoran
people in the general elections held late
last March.
"The power in El Salvador lies with

the Constituent Assembly established
since the elections," Samayoa said.
"The naming of Magana is a
manifestation of how the Constituent
Assembly works." Salayoa claimed the
accuracy of the election was not ac-
curate and and the Assembly does not
represent the majority of the citizens.
According to Samayoa, who spoke
through an interpreter, the Assembly
has the power to create a constitution,
establish new laws, determine the
power of the president and veto any
decisions made by the president.
THE UNITED States was forced to
back Magana as provisional president,
Samayoa said, wen it realized it could
no longer support the Christian
g Democrats who failed to obtain a
majority in the elections.
"The State Department pressured
the military in El Salvador and
See FUTURE, Page 11

Daily Photo by JACKIE E
JOAQUIM SAMAYOA, former Salvadoran professor, assesses his country's
current political situation during a lecture last night at the Union.

High court examines redistricting

LANSING (UPI) - State Democrats pleaded
yesterday with the Michigan Supreme Court for extra
time to write a bipartisan legislative redistricting
plan, but Republicans asked for adoption of the
court's plan from which they appear to benefit.
During both a morning court session and a two-and-
a-half hour public hearing Democrats charged that
the proposal written by former elections director
Bernard Apol was both unconstitutional and ex-
tremely unfair to their party and legislative incum-
"THE BOTTOM line of your plea for relief is give
us another chance," observed Justice John Fit-
There is less than a month left until candidates
must file to run in the August primary.
The public hearing drew more than four dozen
lawmakers, many of whom could be unemployed if
the Apol plan is adopted.
Officers chosen
All is not quiet at the chambers of the M
Michigan Student Assembly. While the N
rest of us were relaxing after exams,
the newly elected assembly was
choosing the vice-presidents and of-
ficers of the various MSA committees.
The decisions are: Administrative
Coordinator, Janny Huisman;
Academic Affairs, Julia Gittleman;
Budget Priorities, Martha Parker;
Communications, Sandy Frcka; Course
Evaluations, Dave Kuehn; Housing,
Shawn Fields; International Students,
Michael Hayashi; Legislative
Relations, Jono Soglin; Michigan
League, Kathy Hartrick; Minority Z
Affairs, Clarence Stone; Personnel, p
Cynthia Reaves; Security, Cindy .
Phillips; Special Projects, Rick Jones;
Student Organizations, Mark Klein; y
Treasurer,Jumsmy lmlmn

THE ARGUMENTS came less than a day after the
Legislature failed to meet the court's deadline for
devising its own plan. The House had adopted a so-
called bipartisan proposal, but compromise efforts
bogged down in the Senate where a Democratic upper
chamber plan was adopted.
Although final action on the measure is still pen-
ding in the House, a vote is unlikely since Gov.
William Milliken almost certainly would veto the
"I submit the court was wrong," said attorney
Theordore Sachs, who represented the Michigan
Democratic Party.
"DESPITE THE efforts by the court to avoid in-
trusion, the court is more deeply in the (political
process) than ever and has created an unjust

The justices ruled in March that Michigan's 19-year-
old reapportionment process was unconstitutional. It
gave non-partisan Apol the job of drawing the maps
based on 1980 census data, but said it would take a
legislative plan signed by Milliken.
Sachs suggested that the court give lawmakers
more time, perhaps less than a week, to compromise
and also ask Apol to rework his own plan. Democrats
charged the 16.4 percent population variance in the
Apol districts violates the "one man, one vote" doc-
trine and said they may file a federal court suit on
that and other issues.
The attorney ridiculed several of the Apol districts,
which the court had wanted to be of reasonable shape
as having the shapes of "a die casting machine" and
"a piece of something eaten by a monster."

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