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El Salvador opposition admits presidential vote defeat

The main opposition party in El Salvador has said it accepts defeat in the presidential election held on March 9, after losing several appeals for a recount.

The Arena party says it will make “democratic, serious and honest” opposition to the new president, former rebel leader Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

Arena candidate Norman Quijano lost the vote by 0.22 percentage points.

El Salvador remains deeply divided 22 years after the end of its civil war.

Quijano had complained that votes for the governing candidate were counted twice.

On Tuesday, the electoral court rejected his party’s latest appeal for a vote-by-vote recount.

In a statement, Arena says it was willing to work for the success of the country’s democracy.

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