The major opposition left-wing political alliance said Monday it will participate in the 1989 presidential elections in the hope of pushing through a political solution to the country's 8-year-old civil war.

Leaders of the Democratic Conversions, an alliance of the three left-wing political parties accused by the government of being a front group for the leftist rebels, announced its participation in next year's elections at a news conference but did not say who would run as its candidate.The Democratic Conversions is an alliance of the Social Christian Popular Movement (MPSC), the National Revolutionary Movement (MNR) and the Social Democratic Party (PSD). They form the only left-wing coalition in El Salvador, a nation wracked by the civil war between the government and leftist rebels.

The Democratic Conversions' leadership has denied any alliance with the Farabundo Marti National Liberation rebel group.