Posts Tagged ‘ARENA’


Former Salvadoran President Tony Saca Hoping To Wedge His Way Back Into Power

May 16, 2013
Ex-President Antonio "Tony" Saca (Wikipedia)

Ex-President Antonio “Tony” Saca (Wikipedia)

Ex-President Antonio Saca (2004-2009) has maneuvered his way back into political relevancy as head of a new “movement” bent on breaking the duopoly of El Salvador’s primary parties.

During a rally held Feb. 25 in San Salvador, Saca announced plans to represent the nascent Movimiento Unidad in next February’s presidential election, when he will test his luck against popular San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano of the far-right Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) and current Vice-President Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the left-wing Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN). Quijano, who enjoys an early lead in the polls, and Sánchez Cerén, were selected to represent their respective parties late last year. Read the rest of this entry ?


Gang Truce Cuts El Salvador’s Murder Rate By 40%

May 10, 2013

Nine months after agreeing to an historic truce, jailed leaders from El Salvador’s largest street gangs say they are ready to curb more than just killings – at least in a handful of strategic “peace zones.” Before moving ahead with the experimental plan, however, the notoriously violent maras, as the groups are known, want the government to do something in return: repeal its repressive “anti-gang law.” Read the rest of this entry ?


US Judge To Sentence Salvadoran ‘Jesuit Massacre’ Suspect

May 10, 2013

Inocente Orlando Montano is by no means the only former Salvadoran military official implicated in the infamous 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her teenage daughter. But the 70-year-old retired colonel is the only one currently awaiting sentencing – albeit not for human rights abuses. Read the rest of this entry ?


El Salvador’s Principal Parties Quick To Pick Their Presidential Candidates

May 8, 2013

El Salvador’s two principal political parties – the rightist Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) and left-wing Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) – have decided to show their cards early, naming their respective candidates more than a year and a half before the next presidential election. Read the rest of this entry ?


El Salvador Elections: Modest Victory For Right-Wing ARENA

September 5, 2012

El Salvador’s rightist ARENA party picks up seats in the unicameral legislature (Flickr/-Chupacabras-)

The opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) eked out a narrow victory in El Salvador’s March 11 midterm elections to maintain a numbers advantage in the country’s municipal governments and earn a slim lead in the unicameral legislature. Hardly a rout, the results nevertheless marked a major reversal of fortunes for the far-right party, which stumbled after losing the last presidential election. Read the rest of this entry ?


El Salvador: President Funes Irks Armed Forces With Emotional El Mozote Apology

July 4, 2012

Memorial to the Civil War-era massacre in El Mozote (Alison McKeller/Flickr)

As El Salvador marked the 20th anniversary of the UN-brokered peace accords that ended its dozen-year Civil War (1980-1992), President Mauricio Funes broke with tradition by directing the nation’s attention to what was arguably the darkest moment of that conflict: the El Mozote massacre. Read the rest of this entry ?


A Look Ahead At El Salvador’s Municipal And Parliamentary Elections

May 1, 2012
The left-wing FMLN hopes to hold its congressional majority (dignidadrebelde/Flickr)

The left-wing FMLN hopes to maintain its congressional majority (dignidadrebelde/Flickr)

Even though President Mauricio Funes continues to enjoy strong popular support, the party that catapulted him to power three years ago, the left-wing Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN), may soon lose ground in El Salvador’s Asamblea Legislativa (AL). Read the rest of this entry ?