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Spanish judge presses probe of Jesuits' murder in El Salvador

Madrid, Mar 31 (EFE).- A Spanish judge decided Monday to continue the investigation into the murder of five Spanish Jesuits in El Salvador in 1989 despite Spain's recent enactment of a law limiting the application universal jurisdiction. But in a nod to the new standard, National Court Judge Eloy Velasco dropped the crimes-against-humanity charge against a score of Salvadoran military officers, while maintaining the accusation of terrorist murder.

Salvadoran right accepts election defeat

San Salvador, Mar 27 (EFE).- El Salvador's right-wing ARENA party formally accepted on Thursday the victory of leftist Salvador Sanchez Ceren in the March 9 presidential runoff. The announcement came a day after the Supreme Court rejected ARENA's demand for a manual recount of the ballots. Sanchez Ceren beat ARENA's Norman Quijano by just 0.22 percentage points. The standard-bearer of the governing FMLN got 1.49 million votes, or 50.11 percent of the total, compared with 1.48 million - 49.89 percent - for Quijano.

El Salvador court rejects opposition challenge to vote tally

El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal Monday dismissed opposition claims of irregularities and confirmed the leftist ruling party candidate as president-elect. Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a former guerrilla commander who ran in the March 9 vote, will be presented with his credentials on Tuesday, said the head of the court, Eugenio Chicas. The final tally of the election gave 50.1 percent of the votes to Sanchez Ceren and 49.9 percent to San Salvador mayor Norman Quijano of the rightwing Nationalist Republican Alliance.

El Salvador tribunal takes up presidential vote challenge

El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal agreed Friday to consider certain opposition challenges to the outcome of the country's presidential elections. It said it would review claims by the opposition Arena party of irregularities at six polling stations during the March 9 elections. Salvador Sanchez Ceren, of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, was declared the winner, with 50.11 percent of the ballots to 49.89 for Arena candidate Norman Quijano.

Leftist proclaimed as Salvadoran president-elect

San Salvador, Mar 17 (EFE).- El Salvador's TSE electoral tribunal officially proclaimed the candidate of the ruling leftist FMLN as the winner of the March 9 presidential runoff. "Based on the results obtained, Mr. Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Mr. Oscar Samuel Ortiz Ascencio are declared president-elect and vice president-elect of the Republic," TSE chair Eugenio Chicas said in a message transmitted live on all radio and television stations.

Leftist proclaimed as Salvadoran president-elect

San Salvador, Mar 17 (EFE).- El Salvador's TSE electoral tribunal officially proclaimed the candidate of the ruling leftist FMLN as the winner of the March 9 presidential runoff. "Based on the results obtained, Mr. Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Mr. Oscar Samuel Ortiz Ascencio are declared president-elect and vice president-elect of the Republic," TSE chair Eugenio Chicas said in a message transmitted live on all radio and television stations.

Leftist ex-guerrilla wins El Salvador presidency

El Salvador's election officials on Sunday declared ex-leftist guerrilla commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren 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.

Leftist ex-guerrilla wins El Salvador presidency

El Salvador's election officials on Sunday declared ex-leftist guerrilla commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren 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.

Leftist confirmed as El Salvador's next president

San Salvador, Mar 13 (EFE).- Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the candidate of El Salvador's ruling leftist FMLN, won last weekend's presidential runoff, according to the TSE electoral tribunal, which said it will delay proclaiming him president-elect pending the resolution of challenges. With all 10,445 precinct tallies totaled, Sanchez Ceren has emerged with 50.11 percent, compared with 49.89 percent for Norman Quijano of the main opposition right-wing ARENA party, a difference of 6,364 votes out of nearly 1.5 million ballots cast on Sunday.

Former guerrilla leads in final El Salvador presidential vote recount

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A former Marxist guerrilla leader held a narrow lead in El Salvador's presidential election, final results showed on Thursday, but officials held back from declaring him the winner as his right-wing rival wants the vote annulled. Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which as a militant group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in the 1980-92 civil war, won 50.11 percent support in Sunday's vote, results showed.
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