Tag Archives: FMLN

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.

March 14, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Download on Cuba and the News Blast

This week, the News Blast is bursting with developments in Cuba and U.S. policy. We imagine you want to get to it, so we’ll keep our introductory remarks - harrumph - relatively brief. Earlier this week, we came across a well-worn speech delivered by President John F. Kennedy at the University of… 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 13, 2014

Former rebel leader declared winner in El Salvador elections

AP — El Salvador’s electoral court on Thursday declared leftist-party candidate and former rebel commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén the winner of the country’s hotly contested presidential election. With 100 percent of the votes counted, the electoral court announced that Sánchez Cerén, the candidate of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front,… read more »

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 »

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 »

February 21, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Post, The Times, and the Cuba Consular Service Cut Off

This week, it seemed like the train left the tracks at the Washington Post. In its editorial, “Cuba’s changes are no more than window dressing,” the editorial board’s routine scolding of Cuba’s government became unusually frenzied when it compared the digital alteration of pictures, removing a hearing aid normally seen… 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.