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Salvadoran army will stay out of election dispute

Salvadoran army says it will stay out of election dispute

Supporters of Norman Quijano, Nationalist Republican Alliance presidential candidate protest in front of a barricade set up by police,  demanding a vo...
A supporter of Norman Quijano, the Nationalist Republican Alliance presidential candidate, holds a miniature copy of El Salvador's Constitution, durin...
Supreme Electoral Tribune officers look over valid votes recorded in Sunday's election, at the electoral election authorities headquarters in San Salv...
Supreme Electoral Tribune officers look over valid votes recorded in Sunday's election, at the electoral election authorities headquarters in San Salv...

El Salvador Election

Supporters of Norman Quijano, Nationalist Republican Alliance presidential candidate protest in front of a barricade set up by police, demanding a vo...

El Salvador Election

A supporter of Norman Quijano, the Nationalist Republican Alliance presidential candidate, holds a miniature copy of El Salvador's Constitution, durin...

El Salvador Election

Supreme Electoral Tribune officers look over valid votes recorded in Sunday's election, at the electoral election authorities headquarters in San Salv...

El Salvador Election

Supreme Electoral Tribune officers look over valid votes recorded in Sunday's election, at the electoral election authorities headquarters in San Salv...

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- The top commanders of El Salvador's armed forces say they will stay out of an election dispute pitting a conservative candidate against a former leader of the leftist rebels the army fought in a 12-year civil war.

Conservative ARENA party candidate Norman Quijano organized Venezuela-style protests Wednesday against what he claims is fraud that gave leftist candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren a 0.2-percent margin in preliminary returns from Sunday's presidential election.

Quijano had called on the army to defend against alleged fraud, but Defense Minister Gen. David Munguia Payes and the army's top commanders said Wednesday at a news conference the army will respect the final vote count issued by electoral authorities.

Quijano's supports banged empty pots in protests Wednesday, something done often in protests against Venezuela's leftist government.


Updated : 2021-05-14 20:04 GMT+08:00