Tag Archives: President Funes

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 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 28, 2014

Latin American leaders gather in Cuba for summit

Marc Frank, The Financial Times – In a country famous for its political billboards, Cuba this week prepared to welcome Latin American heads of state to Havana for a regional summit with a new poster showing Cuban President Raúl Castro with a raised fist and the words: “The Revolution continues as always, absolutely no compromise… read more »

December 16, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: CDA urges the U.S. to treat El Salvador like the democracy that it is; Applauds congressional call for neutrality in upcoming presidential vote

Washington, D.C. – The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) has joined a call by 51 Members of Congress for the United States government to maintain strict neutrality before and during the upcoming presidential elections in El Salvador.

December 2, 2013

El Salvador Update: November 2013 / Informe mensual noviembre 2013

It is not yet known who was responsible for the November 14th assault on the office of the human rights institution Pro-Búsqueda. But, coming in the context of last month’s shut-down of the Catholic human rights office Tutela Legal, and a much-anticipated Supreme Court ruling that could nullify or repeal the country’s 1993 amnesty law, thereby opening the door to prosecutions of war crimes, there are reasons to be concerned about the human rights climate in El Salvador.