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Salvador Sanchez Ceren sworn-in as the President of El Salvador

Jun 2, 2014 18:30 IST

Former left wing rebel leader Salvador Sanchez Ceren was sworn-in as the President of El Salvador on 1 June 2014. Sanchez of Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party (FMLN) is the first former guerrilla commander to lead the Central American country.

Earlier in a run-off vote held on 9 March 2014, he defeated the conservative candidate, Norman Quijano by 0.2 percent. His party FMLN became a political party in 1992 after peace accords.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren will succeed outgoing Mauricio Funes, who served the country as President from 2009 to 2014. Sanchez under Funes government served the country as the Vice-President.

Sanchez in his inauguration speech promised to fight with corruption and violence and to govern for everybody. El Salvador is a country that remained violent as well as is deeply divided despite the end of the civil war. The civil war of El Salvador claimed lives of about 75000 people.

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