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Apr 4, 2014

El Salvador murders surge as gang truce fades

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – The number of murders in the small Central American country of El Salvador rose 44 percent in the first three months of 2014 compared with the same period last year, leaving a two-year-old truce still in force between violent gangs hanging by a thread.

There were 794 murders from January to end of March, up from 551 over the same period last year, El Salvador’s Institute of Legal Medicine said on Thursday.

Apr 3, 2014

World Cup ref can restore pride for El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – El Salvador soccer fans, hurting after life bans to 14 national team players for match fixing, will support the first Salvadorean referee and linesmen to go to the World Cup finals, a fan leader said.

Ivan Flores, who heads the Barra Azul that groups all national team fans, told Reuters the presence of Salvadorean match officials at the Brazil tournament would help heal El Salvador’s wounds.

Apr 3, 2014

Soccer-World Cup ref can restore pride for El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, April 3 (Reuters) – El Salvador soccer fans, hurting after life bans to 14 national team players for match fixing, will support the first Salvadorean referee and linesmen to go to the World Cup finals, a fan leader said.

Ivan Flores, who heads the Barra Azul that groups all national team fans, told Reuters the presence of Salvadorean match officials at the Brazil tournament would help heal El Salvador’s wounds.

Mar 13, 2014

Former guerrilla wins El Salvador vote; rival protests

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A former Marxist guerrilla leader won El Salvador’s presidential election by less than 7,000 votes, final results showed on Thursday, and his right-wing rival continued to press to have the vote annulled.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which as a militant group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in a 1980-1992 civil war, won 50.11 percent support in Sunday’s vote, results showed.

Mar 13, 2014

El Salvador army rules out coup in election result dispute

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – El Salvador’s top military commander said on Wednesday the armed forces would not intervene in the disputed presidential election between a former leftist guerrilla leader and his right-wing rival, who has asked for the result to be annulled.

Norman Quijano of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) came second in Sunday’s vote, narrowly trailing the ruling leftist party candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who was known as Commander Leonel Gonzalez during the country’s 12-year civil war.

Mar 11, 2014

El Salvador ex-rebel’s lead ‘irreversible,’ rival wants recount

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A former Marxist rebel commander’s tiny lead in El Salvador’s presidential election is irreversible, the country’s electoral tribunal said on Monday, but his right-wing challenger demanded a full recount, insisting he was the real winner.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which as a rebel group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in the 1980-1992 civil war, claimed victory on Sunday after preliminary results showed he had won 50.11 percent support.

Mar 10, 2014

Ex-rebel’s lead in El Salvador poll ‘irreversible’: election committee

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A former Marxist rebel commander’s tiny lead in El Salvador’s presidential election is irreversible, the country’s electoral tribunal said on Monday even as his right-wing challenger declared he was the real winner.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which as a rebel group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in the 1980-92 civil war, claimed victory on Sunday after preliminary results showed he won 50.11 percent support.

Mar 10, 2014

Ex-rebel claims El Salvador election win, rival cries foul

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A former Marxist guerrilla leader claimed victory in El Salvador’s presidential election on Sunday as results showed him with a very thin lead but his conservative rival warned of fraud and insisted he was the winner.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which fought a series of U.S.-backed governments in a 1980-1992 civil war, had 50.11 percent of the vote with returns in from 99.95 percent of polling stations.

Mar 10, 2014

Ex-rebel favorite to win El Salvador presidential election

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A former Marxist guerrilla leader is expected to win El Salvador’s presidency on Sunday after vowing to expand welfare programs for the poor and fending off his opponent’s claims that he will impose radical policies.

Recent polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the rebel group in the country’s 1980-92 civil war, with about 55 percent support heading into the second round run-off vote on Sunday.

Mar 9, 2014

Ex-guerrilla favorite to win El Salvador’s presidential election

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A former Marxist guerrilla leader is expected to win El Salvador’s presidency on Sunday after promising to expand social programs for the poor and fending off his opponent’s claims that he will impose radical policies.

Recent polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the rebel group in the country’s 1980-92 civil war, with about 55 percent support heading into the second round run-off vote on Sunday.