Electoral campaign starts in El Salvador
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.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
"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."
In declaring himself the winner, Funes emphasized his commitment to respecting the rule of law and constitutional norms.
According to a poll by CID-Gallup, El Salvador's presidential election could be very close. 39% of respondents would vote for Mauricio Funes while 35% would back Rodrigo Ávila.
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.
ARENA choose businessman Arturo Zablah as running mate for Rodrigo Avila for the March 2009 presidential election.
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