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Sun Jun 1, 2014, 05:38 PM

El Salvador: Salvador Sanchez sworn in as president

1 June 2014 Last updated at 16:04 ET
El Salvador: Salvador Sanchez sworn in as president

Mr Sanchez, 69, of the FMLN party, becomes the first former guerrilla to lead the Central American country following his March victory.

In his inauguration speech, he promised to fight corruption and violence, and to govern "for everybody".


As a rebel leader, Mr Sanchez fought US-backed government forces during the civil conflict in which tens of thousands of people also disappeared.

His Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front became a political party after the 1992 peace accords.

It first won the presidency in 2009 with the outgoing leader Mauricio Funes (2009-2014), a former journalist who did not fight in the war.

Salvador Sanchez served as vice president in the Funes government.


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