El Salvador: The FMLN obtains majority in legislative elections

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.

Monday, January 19, 2009


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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.

Yesterday local elections were also held, and ARENA could, apparently, find comfort from their defeat at the legislative level with the victory that they will supposedly obtain in the municipal elections in the capital.

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