The El Salvadoran governing FMLN candidate, Salvador Sanchez, has apparently won a razor thin victory over rightwing ARENA’s Norman Quijano with 99.9% of the 10,445 polling places reporting. The preliminary results show Sanchez with 50.11%.
The presidential elections in El Salvador are still too close to call with over 91% of the voting places reporting. FMLN party candidate Salvador Sanchez Cerén (1,375,682 votes for 50.13%) has a slight 0.26% lead over rightwing candidate for ARENA, Norman Quijano (1,368,757 with 49.87%).
In a growing demonstration of intolerance of public protests that don’t come from their governing parties, the administrations in Venezuela and Nicaragua both sent out the riot police on Saturday to impede the passing of International Women’s Day marches.
A new contingent of 4,000 Cuban doctors is currently arriving in Brazil adding to the 7,400 already working in the “More Doctors” program of President Dilma Rousseff. Back in January the Brazilian ambassador in Havana had announced his country’s intention to raise the number of Cuban doctors in the program to 11,000.
Having thus far withstood nearly a month of protests, some of which that ended in violence with 20 dead, hundreds injured and hundreds of arrests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has gone full circle in his threats and retractions regarding the CNN network.
Palestinian President Abbas announced this week that any peace deal with Israeli will be subject to a referendum by the Palestinian people first; meanwhile Israeli army and settlers’ attacks targeting Palestinians communities leave three killed this week.
The ongoing protests in Venezuela have left at least 20 people dead since breaking out last month. Both sides have staged massive rallies, with opponents accusing President Nicolas Maduro of authoritarianism and mishandling the economy and supporters backing his continuation of Hugo Chavez’s legacy of social welfare. Maduro has bristled at outside attempts to intervene.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced today the severance of relations with Panama after accusing President Ricardo Martinelli of conspiring against the country and seeking foreign intervention via the OAS.
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, former Black Panther Party leader Marshall “Eddie” Conway joins us less than 24 hours after his release from nearly 44 years in prison. Supporters describe Conway as one of the country’s longest-held political prisoners.
An Iranian parliamentary delegation left Teheran for Havana Monday morning (March 3), according to a brief news item from IRNA the Iranian News Agency. The group is headed by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Assembly’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.