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El Salvador's second round presidential election takes place smoothly

English.news.cn   2014-03-10 06:10:16

SAN SALVADOR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- El Salvador's second round presidential election is taking place smoothly Sunday with the opening of the polling stations without delay, according to reports from the Salvadorian Electoral Supreme Court (TSE).

Salvadorians went to the polling stations Sunday to choose between Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the candidate of the ruling party Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), and Norman Quijano, the right-wing and former mayor of the capital, San Salvador.

In the first round election on Feb. 2, neither Sanchez, 69, nor Quijano, 67, got more than 50 percent of the votes required by electoral law to win the election, with Sanchez obtaining 1,305, 462 votes (48.93 percent), and Quijano, 1,039,275 votes (38.95 percent).

In a message broadcast on national radio and TV, TSE President Eugenio Chicas urged people to vote because it is a right of citizens.

"Citizens are waiting to enter in the polling centers and vote in peace during the historic elections," said Chicas.

Sanchez, former vice president and guerrilla group commander, said in a press conference after casting his vote that he was confident to obtain more votes than in the first round election.

"El Salvador needs all the forces to be united and tonight we are going to celebrate the will of the Salvadorian people, so we are going to build a broad national agreement between government, businessmen and workers," said Sanchez.

"I want to tell my rival and his party that in my government we will have open arms so that together we will build a new country," Sanchez added.

Some 4 million Salvadorians are called to vote in Sunday's election to choose the president for the next five years.

Polls close at 5 p.m. local time (2300 GMT).

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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