Salvadoran Military Would Accept Leftist Leader Says Minister
By Dialogo January 09, 2009This Friday the Salvadoran Minister of Defense, General Jorge Alberto Molina, confirmed that the military will accept former left-wing ex-guerrilla presidential candidate, General Mauricio Funes, as Commander if he wins the election on March 15. “The decision will be in the hands of the Salvadoran people; they will decide which candidate will be elected and also become the General Commander of the Armed Forces starting June 1, 2009,” General Molina told the press during a military ceremony. Surveys place Funes, the candidate of the left-wing party Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) in the lead among Salvadoran voters, who will be voting on March 15. This could put an end to two decades of right-wing rule in this country. The Minister of Defense also said that the Armed Forces is an “obedient” institution. As such, it will comply with the results of this election, in which the FMLN has its best chance to win since it became a political party in 1992, after the civil war.