Author Topic: Fmr. Marxist Guerilla Leader to Be El Salvador’s Next President  (Read 199 times)

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A former Marxist guerilla leader whose party reportedly has ties to Venezuela’s socialist government and drug traffickers is poised to be El Salvador’s next president.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a top leader of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, nearly garnered 50 percent of the votes in El Salvador’s presidential elections on Sunday. He appears set to win a runoff next month against Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) party leader Norman Quijano, who won almost 39 percent of Sunday’s vote.

Elliott Abrams, deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration and assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs under Ronald Reagan, said in an interview that Sanchez Ceren is from the “hardest-line elements of the FMLN.” He said Jose Luis Merino, Sanchez Ceren’s “right-hand man,” has ties to narcotics traffickers in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

While there is still a chance that Quijano could collect votes from the supporters of other candidates in the initial elections, Abrams said it would not be ea

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