El Salvador

Left wing former rebel expected to win Presidential election today


Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) will face Norman Quijano of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) in today’s second round runoff in El Salvador’s presidential election.

Opinion polls put Sánchez Cerén on 60.3% of the vote with Quijano on 39.7%. Incumbent President Mauricio Funes was elected in 2009 as the FMLN’s first president unseating decades of ARENA governments.

Sánchez Cerén has said that he will fight crime through better community investment, more policing and better education. He has also committed to continuing Funes’ social programmes.

A total of 4,955,107 Salvadorans will vote at roughly 10,000 polling stations which will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.

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