Mauricio Funes of the FLMN - Salvadoran President-Elect

In declaring himself the winner, Funes emphasized his commitment to respecting the rule of law and constitutional norms.

Monday, March 16, 2009

In a speech with a moderate tone, the winning candidate expressed his conviction to the strengthening of national reconciliation, referring to the peace agreement reached 20 years ago to end the civil war. He stressed his determination in ensuring the democratic functioning of Salvadoran society, freedom of expression and religion, and the consolidation of national unity.

In their article in, Karen Molina and Geraldine Varela, reported: "The president-elect said that in regards to economics he will push for a broad business base which will be key in these times of crisis facing every country, and that he will work to create policies that can make the national economy more dynamic, beginning today." Funes also said: "Our aim is to build in El Salvador the most dynamic economy in Central America. We will work beginning today on the integration of Central America and in strengthening the ties with the US. Those will be aspects given priority in the political agenda."

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FMLN's Candidate Holds Small Lead in El Salvador's Election

March 2009

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.

The article published by Angus Reid Global Monitor on its website states: "In September 2007, Funes became the FMLN’s presidential nominee. In March 2008, Ávila, a former National Police chief, won ARENA’s three-candidate internal nationwide primary."

Electoral campaign starts in El Salvador

October 2008

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."

El Salvador: Funes promises to continue with dollarization and CAFTA

September 2008

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.

Funes acknowledge that his party, the Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMLN), opposed the dollarization which begun in January 2001 from the start.

Poll shows left with big lead ahead of next year's elections in El Salvador

June 2008

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.

The poll shows the FMLN with 48.3 percent of the preferences, while the ruling Arena party rates 29.8 percent.

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