The electoral victory by the presidential candidate of El Salvador’s leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front marks a historic moment for the Central American nation, some 17 years after a vicious civil war was brought to a close by a U.N.-brokered peace accord.
The victory by the FMLN’s candidate, former television journalist Mauricio Funes, was the first time in two decades that the right-wing ARENA party was defeated in national elections. ARENA was founded by rightist death-squad commander Roberto D’Aubuisson in the 1980s and represented the interests of the country’s powerful business elite.
(The story summary continues below.)
It is also the first time since El Salvador gained its independence from Spain in 1821 that the country will be governed from the Left. [For more background on the election, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Can Obama’s Change Find El Salvador?”]
TheRealNews.com is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest.
is a product of The Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc., a non-profit organization
that relies on donations from its readers to produce these stories and keep alive this Web