Mauricio Funes

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El Salvador's 1st Leftist President Sworn In

Vows to transform nation, praises Obama in inaugural speech

(Newser) - A former TV journalist representing a party founded by Marxist guerrillas has been sworn in as El Salvador's first leftist president. Mauricio Funes, who ran on a center-left, pro-America platform, called Barack Obama an inspiration in his inauguration speech and singled out Hillary Clinton, who attended the ceremony, as "... More »

Ex-Guerrillas Win El Salvador Presidency

Left takes power for first time since 12-year civil war

(Newser) - A leftist television journalist has won El Salvador's presidential election, bringing a party of former guerrillas to power for the first time since the bloody civil war and ending 2 decades of conservative rule. Mauricio Funes, a moderate plucked from outside the ranks of the rebel-group-turned-political-party FMLN, became the latest... More »

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