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.
ARENA accepts the court ruling “despite the inequalities and unfair conditions” of the electoral campaign, the party said in a statement, vowing to mount “with more vehemence, a democratic, serious, intelligent, honest opposition that is loyal to national aspirations.”
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