Election results so far indicate that the ruling leftist FMLN is likely to maintain its position as the second party in the country’s legislature. With almost 64 percent of tally sheets processed so far, El Salvador’s right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) party maintains a comfortable lead over the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). ARENA’s alliance with the right-wing National Agreement Party (PCN) gave it a decisive victory over the FMLN in places like in San Vicente and Morazan, The PCN came forth with 151,752 of the total votes.
The counting started as voting stations closed at 5:00 p.m. local time Sunday. More definite results are expected later Monday.
The elections results will determine how many of the 84 seats in the Legislative Assembly each party gets, as well as the makeup of the country’s Municipal Councils.
The leftist Salvador Sanchez Ceren, from the FMLN, is currently the president of El Salvador and the outcome of these elections may mean he will have to deal with a mostly right-wing assembly, dominated by ARENA. Sanchez will be president until June 2019.