With the joke that if a congressman found gold under his house he would vote in favor of a law to allow him to excavate all the metal, invitees to the debates of congressional candidates for the central zone made it clear that they are in agreement to regulate mining, which has been an important topic due to the interest by several companies in digging on Salvadoran soil.
The country already has a mining law which is very old, hence lawmakers want to update it. There is even a special commission in the Assembly to study the preliminary project presented by the PCN, but there have not been any major progress.
The tiny margin separating the winner of the presidential election from his opponent does not favor institutional stability.
According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of El Salvador, 6,364 votes is the difference that separates the official candidate of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) from his opponent Norman Quijano, from the ARENA party.
The presidential hopeful Sanchez Cerén, from the ruling FMLN party, reaffirmed his opposition to the exploitation of metal mining in the country.
The presidential candidate of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party (FMLN), Salvador Sanchez Ceren, says a new government will not allow the exploitation of metal mining in the country, believing that it is "an risk for the population."
With 46.3% of the votes counted, the Elections Tribunal announced that the FMLN had won 37 seats, three more than its main rival, the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance.
According to europapress.es: "When confirmed, these results will give the FMLN will have five more lawmakers than in the previous legislature, and would control the Legislative Assembly, the unicameral organ that is made up of 84 lawmakers, with the support of some of the minority parties, according to the 'El Salvador' daily. The old guerrillas managed to improve in the results especially in the eastern part of the country, which is historically unfavorable to the FMLN.
With the presentation of their candidates for mayors and lawmakers, the political parties will start an "intense battle" this week in preparation for the general elections in 2009.
"What we are going to see this weekend, is the start of an intense battle to win over electors of which an average of 20% have still not yet decided who they will vote for," the director of the Public Opinion Institute at the Francisco Gavidia University, Mauricio Henriquez. For Henriquez, the major political parties make an effort to publicly present their candidates, since in surveys most of the population believes that lawmakers "do not work for the people."
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