Mauricio Funes Wins El Salvador Election In A First For Leftist Ex-Rebels

04/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • William Booth washingtonpost.com

MIAMI, March 16 -- Mauricio Funes, a former TV newsman who was recruited to run for president, declared himself the winner of El Salvador's presidential contest Sunday night, bringing into power a leftist party built by former guerrillas and ending two decades of conservative rule.

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