El Salvador's FMLN candidate wins presidency, calls for unity

SAN SALVADOR March 16 (Prensa Latina) In his first message to the nation, El Salvador's President-Elect Mauricio Funes of the Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMLN), called for reconciliation and national unity.

After counting 91.7 percent of votes, Funes got 51.26 percent, against 48.74 percent from the governing Nationalist Republican Alliance candidate, in results considered irreversible.

Funes invited different social and political forces to jointly build unity based on tolerance, as to differences and identification of common objectives.

'My government will be motivated by the spirit of national unity, against confrontation and the politics of revenge,' he stated.

The president-elect was grateful to the FMLN, its leadership and members, the Mauricio's Friends Movement, and all political forces that opted for change.