Ex-Marxist tacks right for El Salvador runoff vote

Feb 03, 2014, 4:06 PM EST
Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, President of El Salvador, speaks during the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly September 25, 2013 at UN headquarters in New York.
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Salvador Sanchez Ceren, whose Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) Marxist rebel army fought right-wing governments backed by the United States, far outpaced his rivals in the first round of presidential voting, but achieving a majority will require securing a few votes that went to conservative also-rans.

Background:

Ex-Marxist rebel eyes centrists in El Salvador presidential run-off [Reuters]