Ceren Declared Winner of Presidential Election

March 18, 2014, 10:55 a.m.

The second round of voting in presidential elections in El Salvador was held on March 9, 2014. In the first round, Salvador Sánchez CERÉN of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front / Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) received the most votes (48.93 percent), but fell short of an absolute majority, setting up a run-off against Norman QUIJANO of the Nationalist Republican Alliance / Alianza Republicana Nacionalist (ARENA). Following the second round of voting CERÉN, a former guerrilla commander in the El Salvadoran Civil War, was declared the winner with 50.11 percent (1,496,815 votes) of the ballots. QUIJANO, who received the backing of supporters of Tony SACA (who finished with 11.44 percent of the vote in the first round), received 49.89 percent (1,489,451 votes) in the second round. Following the election, QUIJANO submitted a petition to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) claiming electoral fraud with a demand that the results be annulled. On March 17, the TSE claimed there was not enough evidence to back up the fraud charge, and declared CERÉN the victor. In the second round of the election, 3,004,845 El Salvadorans (60.64 percent) cast their ballots.

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