A recount confirmed a thin margin for the governing left-leaning [Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front] F.M.L.N.  by 6,000 votes of the nearly 3 million ballots cast. Arena  [Nationalist Republican Alliance] claimed the winners had a biased bureaucracy to benefit a ruling class – an old allegation from the former F.M.L.N. rebels. […] But Arena’s commercials, speeches and legal accusations of electoral fraud cast a shadow of doubt over the next presidency before it even begins.
Just 22 years out from the Civil War , searing political partisanship no longer begets violence. Peace has triumphed over threatening echoes from the past.