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The FMLN have won El Salvador’s presidential elections, ending two decades of conservative rule by the ARENA party. Mauricio Funes (FMLN) took 51.3% of the vote to Rodrigo Avila’s (ARENA) 48.7%.
Salvadorans are voting today (March 15) to choose their next president and vice-president.
The BBC reports that final opinion polls gave centre-left FMLN candidate Mauricio Funes a slight lead.
If he wins, it will be the first time the FMLN has gained power since the bloody civil war two decades ago.
Tom Shannon, the top Latin America diplomat at the US state department, has said Washington will respect the choice of the Salvadoran people, and work with whoever is elected.
According to Reuters, tens of thousands of Salvadoran immigrants in the United States flew home to vote.
In January, El Salvador holds elections for its legislative assembly, local municipalities and the Central American Parliament, followed by presidential elections on March 15. Can the FMLN, the leftist party of former rebels, win power for the first time since the bloody 12-year civil war ended with peace accords in 1992?
Camilo Melara Vides reports on what the opinion polls say