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Rightists win biggest congress bloc in El Salvador in big setback for Funes

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The leftist party led by El Salvador's president lost four seats in mid-term elections, leaving the conservatives as the biggest bloc in the legislature, according to preliminary vote counts made public Monday.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal said that with 95 percent of Sunday's votes counted, the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance gained a seat to hold 33 of the Legislative Assembly's 84 seats.

President Mauricio Funes' Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front dropped to 31 seats from 35. Observers said the results was a setback for Funes.

Source: Associated Press