Poll shows left with big lead ahead of next year's elections in El Salvador
Voters in El Salvador are showing a strong preference for the leftist former rebel Farabundo Martí Liberation Front (FMLN) in next year's general elections, according to a poll by Utec, a private technological university.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The poll shows the FMLN with 48.3 percent of the preferences, while the ruling Arena party rates 29.8 percent.
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.
Candidate Mauricio Funes met with Mexican magnates Carlos Slim and Ricardo Salinas promising to respect their investments in case he wins the elections.
The candidate for FMLN, which is topping voting polls, said that if he wins the presidency in 2009 he will continue with a dollarized economy and up hold all trade agreements that are in force.
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.
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