ARENA wins San Salvador

Despite polls indicating incumbent FLMN Violeta Menjívar would win reelection, ARENA rival Norman Quijano won the election and is set to be the new mayor of San Salvador.
San Salvador has been a FMLN stronghold for 12 years.

While the FMLN accepts the results, they denounced the mobilization of Salvadorans from other parts of the country and the buses transporting other Central Americans into the city to vote.

“We are a responsible political force and we are accepting the results of the TSE,” stated Menjívar in a news conference, but she urged the municipality to address the illegitimate mobilization of voters who were not from the capital so that it does not happen in future elections. She called more generally for reform in the electoral system, citing the need for more transparency.

Mauricio Funes, the FMLN candidate for the presidential elections in March, commented on the loss, saying that the people of San Salvador lost faith in Menjívar’s work. Quijano successfully campaigned on a message of change, something difficult for an incumbent to advertise.

See the full article here.

Posted by Leslie O’Bray, Grassroots Education and Advocacy Intern

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