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Court declares ruling party candidate El Salvador's president-elect

By Nelson Quiñones. CNN
updated 7:22 AM EDT, Mon March 17, 2014
Supporters of Salvador Sanchez Ceren celebrate his victory during the presidential run-off election on March 15, 2014.
Supporters of Salvador Sanchez Ceren celebrate his victory during the presidential run-off election on March 15, 2014.

(CNN) -- An electoral court in El Salvador has declared ruling party candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren the next president of the country.

The election took place last week, but was litigated when Norman Quijano of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) claimed fraud and demanded the results be annulled.

On Sunday, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal rejected the motion, saying there was not enough evidence to back up the fraud claim.

It declared Sanchez Ceren from the ruling leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) the winner with 50.11% of the votes.

Officials with Arena did not offer their take on the decision, saying they wanted to study the ruling first.

Outgoing President Mauricio Funes said he will meet with Ceren on Monday to begin the handover process.

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