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Salvadoran army will stay out of election dispute
Salvadoran army says it will stay out of election dispute
Associated Press
2014-03-13 03:42 AM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- The top commanders of El Salvador's armed forces say they will stay out of an election dispute pitting a conservative candidate against a former leader of the leftist rebels the army fought in a 12-year civil war.

Conservative ARENA party candidate Norman Quijano organized Venezuela-style protests Wednesday against what he claims is fraud that gave leftist candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren a 0.2-percent margin in preliminary returns from Sunday's presidential election.

Quijano had called on the army to defend against alleged fraud, but Defense Minister Gen. David Munguia Payes and the army's top commanders said Wednesday at a news conference the army will respect the final vote count issued by electoral authorities.

Quijano's supports banged empty pots in protests Wednesday, something done often in protests against Venezuela's leftist government.

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