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.”