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Supporters of Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the president of El Salvador, celebrate his election victory, San Salvador, March 15, 2014 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).

El Salvador’s Elections Reveal Voters’ Frustration With Politics as Usual

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

On March 4, Salvadorans went to the polls for legislative and municipal elections. According to preliminary results, the opposition Nationalist Republican Alliance, or ARENA, won 37 of 84 seats in the Legislative Assembly. The ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, won 23, down from 31. The results are widely regarded as a stinging defeat for the FMLN, which also lost several key mayoral races, including in the capital, San Salvador.

Besides the two leading parties, the Grand Alliance for National Unity, or GANA, took 11 seats in the assembly and the National Coalition Party, or PCN, eight. Several smaller parties took a handful of seats, and for the first time an unaffiliated candidate will also enter the assembly. ...

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