HISTORIC POWER SHIFT IN EL SALVADOR
|Journalist leads former guerrilla army to left’s first presidential victory in country’s history.|
Carlos Mauricio Funes (born 18 October 1959 in San Salvador) is the President-elect of El Salvador. He won the 2009 presidential election as the candidate of the left-wing FMLN political party. Funes was nominated to be the FMLN candidate on 28 September 2007 and competed against the Nationalist Republican Alliance‘s candidate Rodrigo Ávila, a former deputy director of the National Police. Funes won the Salvadoran presidential election, 2009 achieving an absolute majority with 51.23% of the popular vote. He is the first FMLN party leader not to have fought in the civil war.