Archive for the ‘Around the Region Blog’ Category

July 2, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: June 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, junio 2014

On June 1st, Salvador Sánchez Cerén was sworn in as President of El Salvador with all due pomp and ceremony. The former guerrilla commander’s acceptance speech was widely praised as conciliatory, and the exuberant President later told supporters, “I struggled for 50 years for my dreams, and now I am here, President of the Republic!”

June 10, 2014 |

Mike Farrell: Small Business

Mike Farrell, Huffington Post – Returning to El Salvador after 25 years is a step through time featuring vast changes and too much of the same old same old. No longer is the roadway from the now-more-modern airport littered with corpses to warn those seeking an end to “La Represión,” a… read more »

June 10, 2014 |

Jason Marczak: The U.S. Should Extend A Hand To El Salvador’s New President

Jason Marczak, Fox News Latino – Less than three months after being declared El Salvador’s new president, Salvador Sánchez Cerén accepted the presidential sash of a deeply polarized nation on June 1. The wounds of a divided campaign had yet to heal as half the nation celebrated President Sánchez Cerén’s inauguration… read more »

June 4, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: May 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, mayo 2014

Salvador Sánchez Cerén, El Salvador’s President-elect, devoted the month before his June 1st inauguration to diplomatic visits, cabinet appointments, and political negotiations. He continued his good will mission, reassuring the international community that the FMLN (Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberación Nacional) is prepared for an “honest and transparent” administration.

May 19, 2014 |

LINDA GARRETT: El Salvador: New Government, New Opportunity for Peace?

On June 1st, El Salvador’s former insurgents, the FMLN, will see its candidate, President-Elect Sánchez Cerén, sworn into office following a peaceful transition. But, he will immediately face a deeply difficult problem. More than 20 years after its brutal civil war ended, El Salvador remained a violent country convulsed by a culture of gang violence, until a controversial 2012 truce between the gangs dramatically lowered the national homicide rate.

May 6, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: April 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, abril 2014

El Salvador’s President-elect Salvador Sánchez Cerén and Vice President-elect Óscar Ortiz of the FMLN reached out to the opposition even before the electoral dust had settled. Following a tough campaign, a close finish, and contested results, the FMLN organized amicable meetings with ARENA and with leaders of ANEP, the private enterprise group, and all agreed to maintain a “permanent dialogue” after the Easter holidays.

April 2, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: March 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, marzo 2014

Two weeks of tension and uncertainty followed El Salvador’s shockingly close March 9th presidential runoff election. The ARENA party refused to accept the results, charging systematic fraud and bias on the part of election officials. The party mounted a series of street demonstrations and filed multiple legal appeals before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and the Supreme Court, demanding a total recount.

April 2, 2014 |

Rubén Zamora: Making the transition from guerrilla to president

Rubén Zamora, Miami Herald - On March 9, the Salvadoran people elected Salvador Sánchez Cerén as president of El Salvador in an election that reflected the maturity of our democracy and the progress of our society since the end of the civil war in 1992. The election was free, transparent and… read more »

March 14, 2014 |

Salvadoran Presidential Election: Official Results Next Week, FMLN Promises an Inclusive Government

El Salvador’s 2014 presidential election will be remembered for setting at least three historic precedents: the election of the first former guerrilla combatants as president and vice-president, the closest results in history, and ARENA’s unparalleled surge of support between the first and second electoral rounds, which nearly returned their party… read more »

March 10, 2014 |

No Winner in Salvadoran Runoff Election: Tensions rise with final count scheduled Monday

Just hours after polls closed on Sunday, March 9th, the Electoral Tribunal (TSE) counted over 99% of the votes in El Salvador’s presidential election runoff, but was unable to declare a winner. Of the nearly three million votes cast, the governing FMLN party was ahead of conservative ARENA by about… read more »