El Salvador ex-rebel's lead called 'irreversible'

Mar 11, 2014, 1:01 AM EDT
Supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren celebrate at the closing of voting for the run-off election in San Salvador, El Salvador on March 9, 2014.
AFP/Jose Cabezas

A former Marxist rebel commander's tiny lead in El Salvador's presidential election is irreversible, the country's electoral tribunal said on Monday, but his right-wing challenger demanded a full recount, insisting he was the real winner. Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which as a rebel group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in the 1980-1992 civil war, claimed victory on Sunday after preliminary results showed he had won 50.11 percent support.
Background:
El Salvador ex-rebel's lead 'irreversible,' rival wants recount [Reuters]
El Salvador election: Both candidates claim victory [BBC]