For those who worry about Latin America’s swing to the political left, there was one more country to start fretting about this weekend: El Salvador.
Photo: Revolution or death
NACLA–North American Congress on Latin America–reported the following about the outcome of the country’s presidential election:
“The FMLN’s [Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front Party] Mauricio Funes declared victory at 9:30 [Sunday night]. His challenger from the incumbent, far-right ARENA party conceded defeat a few hours later, bringing an end to 20 years of one-party rule. Funes will become El Salvador’s first leftist head of state in the country’s history.The essence of Funes’ campaign slogan, ‘Hope is born,’ could be felt throughout the country yesterday, with massive voter turnout reported from the metropolis of San Salvador to rural villages in the outlying departments.”