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Mauricio Funes: A Leftist in Prime Time

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Funes, a political neophyte, is the quintessential non-politician. He is sometimes at odds with the more radical elements in the FMLN, the party of former leftist guerrillas, who as the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front waged a 10-year war against the U.S.-backed government until a 1992 peace treaty. But his candidacy finally brought to power the FMLN. The Funes victory ended the lock on national power that the right-wing ARENA party had held for 20 years.
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