Tag Archives: El Salvador gang truce

March 12, 2014

Salvadoran army will stay out of election dispute

The Associated Press – The top commanders of El Salvador’s armed forces say they will stay out of an election dispute pitting a conservative candidate against a former leader of the leftist rebels the army fought in a 12-year civil war. Conservative ARENA party candidate Norman Quijano organized Venezuela-style protests Wednesday… read more »

March 11, 2014

El Salvador presidential vote a near tie

AFP – El Salvador’s presidential runoff was hung up Monday in a near tie between an ex-guerrilla leader and an arch conservative mayor as tension mounted over who would be proclaimed the winner. Preliminary results showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the former rebel commander, edging out conservative candidate Norman Quijano by 6,634… read more »

February 14, 2014

El Salvador’s Presidential Election to the Second Round / Las elecciones presidenciales en El Salvador con miras a una segunda vuelta

n February 2nd, Salvadorans cast ballots in the country’s fifth presidential election since the end of its civil war (1980-1992). The FMLN, the former guerrilla organization, fell just 26,000 votes (or 1.07%) short of obtaining the 50.1% support it needed for a first-round win. ARENA, the conservative party in power from 1989-2009, had a ten point lead in polls when Norman Quijano began his campaign, but the party and its nominee finished ten points behind the FMLN on Election Day.

February 14, 2014

Las elecciones presidenciales en El Salvador con miras a una segunda vuelta: ¿Qué sucedió, por qué y qué se puede esperar?

El 2 de febrero, los salvadoreños emitieron su voto en el marco de la quinta elección presidencial desde el fin de la guerra civil del país (1980-1992). Al FMLN — la otrora organización guerrillera — le hicieron falta 26.000 votos (o el 1,07 por ciento) para obtener un apoyo del 50,1 por ciento, que es la cifra necesaria para ganar en la primera ronda.

February 10, 2014

El Salvador: Gangs accept pacification of neighborhood

Lorena Baires, Infosurhoy.com – The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18) gangs agreed on Jan. 9 to pacify the neighborhood of Escalón on San Salvador’s west side. “We committed to playing a role in creating the conditions for the Escalón neighborhood, its communities, residents and visitors to live without violence… read more »

February 5, 2014

VIDEO: El Salvador 2014 Elections

Sarah Stephens, CDA’s Executive Director, and Linda Garrett, CDA’s senior policy analyst on El Salvador, led a delegation to observe last week’s elections in the country. There, they spoke with Oscar Mejia, member of gang Barrio 18 who has joined the gang truce effort. He spoke to CDA about his… read more »

February 5, 2014

Héctor Silva Hernández: La hipocresía del Caso Flores

On Sunday, February 2, voters in El Salvador marked their ballots in the first round of voting to select the country’s next president.  As Salvador Sanchez Ceren, nominee of the FMLN, and Norman Quijano, standard bearer for ARENA, reach out to voters they’ll need to win the March 9th run-off,… read more »

February 5, 2014

El Salvador top court orders probe of civil war massacre

Nelson Renteria, Reuters — El Salvador’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the country’s top prosecutor to investigate the alleged massacre of dozens of civilians in 1981 by army troops during the nation’s bloody civil war. The court ruled General Prosecutor Luis Martinez had to reopen a previous investigation that had… read more »

February 2, 2014

El Salvador ex-rebel leads vote, well placed for run-off

Nelson Renteria and Michael O’Boyle, Reuters – A former left-wing guerrilla commander had a strong lead in El Salvador’s presidential election on Sunday and heads into a run-off vote well positioned to defeat a conservative rival who wants to fight powerful street gangs with the army. Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140202/ex-rebel-faces-gang-fighting-conservative-el-salvador-vote-1

January 14, 2014

El Salvador’s first presidential debate brims with pledges – but can candidates deliver?

Tim Muth, the Christian Science Monitor – El Salvador held its first ever presidential debate Sunday night, broadcast live over radio and television in the country as well as streaming over the Internet. The debate, sponsored by the association of Salvadoran broadcast media (ASDER) and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), was moderated… read more »