UPDATE El Salvador exguerrilla in presidential vote runoff narrowly misses victory

first_imgRelated posts:Leftist parties gaining ground as Costa Rica and El Salvador elections near Tired of gangs and poverty, Salvadorans head to the polls Sunday to choose between the left and right Ex-rebel commander favored in El Salvador runoff Conservative in Salvadoran vote demands fresh polls as political divisions intensify SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – A former leftist guerrilla narrowly missed victory in El Salvador’s presidency race Sunday, and will now face a runoff vote with a conservative rival, according to official results.With 81 percent of the vote counted, ruling leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) candidate Salvador Sánchez Cerén had nearly 49 percent of the vote, just missing the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.He will now face former San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano, 67, of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) in a second round of voting on March 9, the Supreme Elections Tribunal said.“They gave us a triumph in the first round and we’re sure that in the second round the difference will not be 10 points, it will be more than 10 points, it will be a great victory,” Sánchez Cerén told reporters.Quijano, who obtained nearly 39 percent of the vote, is hoping to eke out a victory with support from smaller conservative parties that did poorly in Sunday’s election.Having made it to a runoff vote “is proof that we can win,” Quijano told a group of supporters, adding that he was ready for the “great battle” on March 9.Sánchez Cerén, 69, is the country’s vice president and is hoping to succeed President Mauricio Funes, also of the FMLN.Voting took place without major violence in the poverty-stricken country, and election authorities said the turnout was lower than in previous elections.The small but densely populated Central American country of six million is plagued by brazen gang violence and still burdened by the legacy of its bitter 1979-1992 civil war.Tackling rampant violence and povertyAfter ending the conservatives’ 20-year hold on the country with Funes’s 2009 election, the FMLN nominated Sánchez Cerén, a civil war-era guerrilla commander, in a bid to shore up a country crippled by rampant crime and high poverty.“Whoever wins needs to be aware that in this country the cost of living is high, there’s no work and the maras are harassing us – an overwhelming task awaits,” said voter Argentina Campos, 41.Sánchez Cerén has promised an inclusive government and speaks of a “grand national accord.”Quijano’s candidacy was overshadowed by corruption allegations against an ARENA campaign adviser, ex-President Francisco Flores (1999-2009).The next president’s challenges include handling gang violence. Known in the region as “maras,” the criminal groups control whole neighborhoods and run drug distribution and extortion rackets.Homicides were running at 14 per day until a gang truce in March 2012, which helped bring the rate down to seven per day.Still, the maras are believed to have about 60,000 members, 10,000 of whom are behind bars.Sánchez Cerén is proposing a program that would allow ex-gang members to rejoin society, while Quijano is calling for a tough law-and-order crackdown on crime.With more than 40 percent of the population living in poverty, voters are also interested in jobs and economic stability.“What we want from the next president is peace and work,” as well as more security, 73-year-old retiree Noe González said on the streets of the capital’s rough Mejicanos suburb.If elected, Sánchez Cerén would be Latin America’s third ex-guerrilla president, following in the footsteps of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff and Uruguay’s José Mujica.The new president is due to take office on June 1. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Related Ash cloud affecting Scottish flights today

first_img RelatedAsh cloud affecting Scottish flights todayFlights to the Hebrides from Glasgow have been disrupted today (May 7th) following advice from the Civil Aviation Authority.Flights resume at Heathrow and Gatwick following further ash disruptionFlights resume at Heathrow and Gatwick following further ash disruptionKiss Flights Collapse: help, advice and alternative flightsThe London-based travel company Flight Options Ltd, who were trading as Kiss Flights have ceased trading Flights have started taking off and arriving in the UK after safety tests revealed that planes are able to fly in airspace where there is low density ash.Last night (April 20th), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave permission for services to resume at 22:00 BST after six days of disruption caused by ash from a volcanic eruption in southern Iceland.It is the news passengers across the world had been waiting for after some 95,000 flights had had to be cancelled across Europe.A spokesman said that airlines are working hard to clear the huge backlog of passengers that have been stranded at airports around the globe.”It will take time for flights to settle down to normal timetables.””If you are hoping to travel, you should check your airline’s website for up to date information about your flight in the usual before travelling to the airport,” he recommended.Virgin Atlantic is planning to operate a normal schedule today, while British Airways and easyJet flights remain disrupted.Meanwhile, Air India has said it is planning to resume its flights to and from London from this morning.For ash cloud related travel advice visit: Skyscanner Volcano Travel AdviceReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more