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Former Guerrilla Wins El Salvador Vote; Rival Protests

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March 13, 2014 AT 11:04 AM
Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a former Marxist guerrilla leader, won El Salvador's presidential election by a margin of less than one quarter of 1 percent, final results showed on Thursday. But his right-wing rival continues to press to have the vote annulled. Challenger Norman Quijano, the 67-year-old former mayor of San Salvador and candidate of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance party, had 49.89 percent support. The electoral tribunal's president, Eugenio Chicas, said the five-member court unanimously validated the election results, showing that Sanchez Ceren beat Quijano by 6,364 votes.