El Salvador gets a new President in Salvador Sanchez Ceren
Salvador Sanchez Ceren has been sworn in as the new President of El Salvador.
- He won the presidency by pipping conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) party candidate Norman Quijano with less than a quarter of a percentage point.
- He is now the fourth former leftist rebel leader to be elected president in Latin America after Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, Jose Mujica in Uruguay, and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil.
- He, a former schoolteacher turned rebel commander, now leads the tiny central American country grappling with slow economy and high crime, fueled by gang violence and drug trafficking.
- He replaces Mauricio Funes as such for a 5-year term ending in 2019.
- He was a rebel commander of the FMLN, the leftist group that battled U.S.-backed governments during El Salvador's 12-year-long civil war.
- The fighting killed about 76,000 people before a 1992 peace agreement.
- Despite his leftist leaning relations with US is not likely to deteriorate as large chunk of people running in few lacs, earn their livelihood in US as migrant workers.
- Its the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America.
- Area: 21,040 square km (Size of Kerala)
- Population (2009 census): 57 lacs (little less than Himachal Pradesh)
- Capital and the largest city: San Salvador