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El Salvador and Costa Rica to Hold Runoff Elections

Categories: Latin America, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Elections, Politics

El Salvador [1] and Costa Rica [2]held presidential elections yesterday, February 2, but both countries will define their president in a runoff vote.

In El Salvador, “results show Salvador Sanchez Ceren (FMLN) winning 49%, just short of the 50% he needed to win in the first round. Norman Quijano (ARENA) is in second place with 39%,” writes Boz from Bloggings by boz, where he shares “Five points on El Salvador's elections [3].”

Meanwhile in Costa Rica, The Tico Times [4]reports:

Center-left presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís will battle ruling party candidate Johnny Araya in a runoff on April 6 after Solís shocked many in this small Central American country by taking first place in preliminary results released late Sunday night.


Costa Rica’s elections, which were peaceful, showed a growing polarization among progressive and conservative voters.