Monday, March 16, 2009

Another leftist wins in Latin America

Press TV

"El Salvador's left-wing party candidate Mauricio Funes has won the presidential election to end the ruling of right-wing after two decades. Right-wing candidate Rodrigo Avila conceded defeat late Sunday.

Funes from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) won 51.3% of the vote. "My party, the FMLN, has shown to the whole world it is ready for a new government," Funes was quoted as saying by Reuters in a victory speech.

Avila of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), which has ruled El Salvador since 1989, trailed with 48.7% support.

It was a historic victory after a bitter campaign that split the small Central American nation, where memories of the 1980-92 civil war that killed 75,000 people are still strong.

The victory boosts a growing group of left-wingers in Latin America, led by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

It is also a defeat for Washington after spending billions of dollars in supporting a string of right-wing governments in the fight against the FMLN during the civil war, although Funes insists he will look for good relations with the US. "

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