Related 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 Comments
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “That’s sometimes a defining moment because other players may think just of themselves at that time. I thought that spoke volumes about his character,” Kelly said.The Cardinals haven’t just acquired an incredibly talent receiver with tremendous upside but also a player who’s shown great maturity and growth in the midst of trying times. Floyd was stripped of team captain duties after a drunk driving incident in April 2011. After serving a suspension from the team in the offseason, he returned a changed man.“He made some great choices so now you’ve got a young man that’s been through some adversity, has handled it and has been humbled because of it and the best is in front of him now,” Kelly stated. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments Share Top Stories It was no secret Cardinals heralded wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wanted his team to draft Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd.Fitzgerald’s wish was granted when the Cardinals used their 13th pick in the first round to select Floyd, a player who possesses eerily comparable qualities and strengths to their Pro Bowl receiver. For Floyd’s former head coach at Notre Dame, the selection made perfect sense.“I think there’s clearly been a connection between [Fitzgerald] and [Floyd],” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “I think Larry’s been kind of a mentor to Michael and obviously when guys have those similar character traits, they connect and it’s not a coincidence.” Kelly believes Fitzgerald saw parts of himself in Floyd, a combination the Cardinals deemed too potent to pass up.“Larry must have saw some similarities in terms of Mike’s work ethic and love for the game that Larry has so certainly it’s not a mistake that those two guys have connected,” Kelly explained.Now that Floyd will be paired with Fitzgerald in Arizona, the dynamic second receiver the Cardinals have been yearning for is now firmly entrenched on their roster.Kelly marvels at Floyd’s tenacity and passion for the game, but what excites him the most is the potential his former young wideout can realize under the guidance of the veteran Fitzgerald.“He attacks the football,” Kelly said. “If the ball’s in the air, he’s going to get his hands on it and he’s just got a great ability to track it and aggressively go get the football. I think for [Floyd], the things that he’ll continue to work on are precision, the things that Larry Fitzgerald already has.”Floyd could benefit from more seasoning and Kelly believes that’s the nature of an inexperienced receiver making the transition to the next level. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “I think you could consider [Floyd] still a raw receiver in a sense and he could get better in all the technical aspects and route running and things of that nature,” Kelly stated.Still, there is no questioning Floyd’s talent and selflessness as a player. It was clear to Kelly that Floyd always put the team before his own personal records and achievements.“Whether he’s getting the football or not, he’s a guy that’s never complained,” Kelly said. “He always wants the ball in big situations. But he’s never been a diva in terms of not getting his catches. If we’re successful and we’re making plays, he’s on the other end making blocks.”Kelly couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated and team oriented player than Floyd.“For me, it was such a pleasure to coach a kid that it didn’t matter what the situation was, if he wasn’t getting the ball, he was going 100 percent,” Kelly stated.Floyd showed his allegiance to Notre Dame after his team’s loss to USC, which eliminated them from BCS contention. Floyd remained focused on playing hard to get his team the best possible bowl game, which didn’t go unnoticed by Kelly.