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Election in El Salvador another victory for the left in Latin America

On Monday, March 16, the results of the presidential election in El Salvador, a central American country, were announced.  The winner was Mauricio Funes. His party is the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). The FMLN is an undisputably left-wing party. FMLN grew out of a guerilla movement, which later signed a Peace Accord in 1982, to become a legal, political party.

The political world is taking note: The victory of the FMLN is an important sign that Latin America is continuing a move to the left.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation, a third party in the US, has a press release noting that PSL “…sees much reason for optimism in the shift to the left throughout Latin America.” PSL notes “With Chávez in Venezuela, Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, and Argentina’s and Brazil’s rejection of U.S. imperialist attempts to isolate socialist Cuba, the FMLN was able to gain breathing space and articulate progressive change.”

The Real News has a video (which includes graphic photos of war and death) showing the history of the FMLN and celebrating the FMLN victory: here.

The Daily News, a media outlet from Sri Lanka, writes, “This victory is significant for several reasons. First, it is the first Latin American election since the onset of the global financial crisis. Thus it showed further disenchantment of the people of Latin America with neo-liberalism. With this victory nearly two thirds of the countries in Latin America have pro-poor and Left-leaning governments.”


  1. Trent Hill Trent Hill March 19, 2009

    Odd that Sri Lanka would praise the leftist victory, as they have their own “leftist problem” in the form of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE).

  2. Ross Levin Ross Levin March 19, 2009

    Nice post. It’s interesting to see the perspective of a socialist party here in the States on this.

  3. ATM ATM March 19, 2009

    I was actually just in El Salvador last week before the presidential election, and election signs were everywhere. In the 2004 Salvadoran presidential election, the Bush administration and other Republicans such as Tom Tancredo made it clear that an FMLN victory would lead to US government with the vast Salvadoran migrant community (and their remittances, which make a large portion of the Salvadoran economy). I was disappointed that Dr. Paul Broun, usually one of the more libertarian-leaning congressman, joined with some conservative hardliners to label FMLN as “pro-terrorist” in the run-up to the election.

  4. Deran Deran March 19, 2009

    It was great to see the FMLN finally achieve victory. And the FMLN hasn’t become as decadent and authoritarian like the purged FSLN has in Nicaragua.

    I think the Sri Lankan article’s perspective has to do with that paper being very Left of Center. I thought I’d read the current editor is an ex-Trot? At one time the Trots were big in Sri Lanka, that is often looked on by Trots everywhere as a high point for Troskyism internationally.

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