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.
The court had declared Sanchez Ceren the winner on March 16 but the rightwing party filed an appeal claiming irregularities. But the court on Monday said there was “no basis” for the appeal.