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With opposition’s legal challenges rejected, leftist ex-guerrilla confirmed at last as El Salvador’s next president

March 17, 2014

SAN SALVADOR — El Salvador’s election officials on Sunday declared ex-leftist guerrilla commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén the winner of a March 9 presidential election, after rejecting the opposition’s last challenges to the results.

Eugenio Chicas, the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal confirmed a razor-thin election win by Sanchez Ceren over Norman Quijano of the conservative ARENA party who had challenged the results.

Cerén, 69, of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), is set to be sworn in for his five-year term on June 1, Chicas said at a press conference.

The final results — 50.11 against 49.89 — were announced on Thursday following a partial recount, and are identical to a preliminary result announced immediately after the vote.

Quijano demanded that the results be nullified because of alleged fraud, and filed a lawsuit demanding a full recount, which was rejected.

The president-elect served as vice president under President Mauricio Funes, who came to office in 2009 at the head of El Salvador’s first leftist government, ending two decades of right-wing rule, mostly under ARENA.

Cerén, a former teacher, was one of the top military rebel commanders during El Salvador’s bitter 1979-1992 civil war. He also served as education minister.

After the rebels laid down their arms, the FMLN became a legal political party.

Quijano, 67, is mayor of the capital San Salvador.

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