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LA voters play role in tight El Salvador election

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Supporters of presidential candidate Norman Quijano, of the National Republican Alliance (ARENA), protest outside the Attorney General office to demand a new count a day after the presidential run-off, in San Salvador, on March 10, 2014.

In El Salvador, votes are still being tallied in a narrow presidential election.

The outcome could be influenced by a small number of ballots from abroad, especially from the Los Angeles area, where a large number of Salvadorans live.

The election features two candidates with vastly different political platforms: former rebel leader Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, and Norman Quijano, of the Arena Party. According to local election officials, fewer than 7,000 votes separate the two candidates.

For more we go to Michael O'Boyle with Reuters. He's been covering the election from San Salvador.


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