The Farabundo Martí front for National Liberation (FMLN), the leftist exguerrilla which turned into a political party and currently governs El Salvador, could not won the new presidential elections.
According to the data revealed last night by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, with about 80% of the votes counted the candidate of the FMLN, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, won the support of 49% of the voters.
This figure does not represent a sufficient majority and therefore there will be a second round with the candidate of the Nationalist Republican Alliance, Arena, Norman Quijano next March 9.
During this election day no surprises were registered in the voting centers, even though in recent days it had circulated the rumor that gangs might use violence in some places to favor the Front.
Various international observers, including members of the Organization of American States, oversaw the operation of suffrage which they reported as “quiet and safe.”