The independent news site El Faro recently uncovered evidence, furthermore, that Interior Minister Aristides Valencia met with MS-13 and Barrio 18 gang members prior to the 2014 runoff election, which Sanchez Ceren won by fewer than 6,400 votes over Norman Quijano, a congressional deputy and former San Salvador mayor from the hard-right Alianza Republicana Nacionalista
The individual named in the FGR suit as Ingenio La Magdalena's legal representative is Juan Tennant Wright Castro, a close affiliate of the Alianza Republicana Nacionalista
(ARENA) and father of ARENA lawmaker Johnny Wright Sol.
The no-exceptions policy dates back to the late 1990s, when it was pushed through by conservative lawmakers from Alianza Republicana Nacionalista
(Nationalist Republican Alliance, ARENA), the governing party at the time.
His party, the Alianza Republicana Nacionalista
(ARENA), has just undergone a major overhaul of its leadership after being handed a humiliating defeat in recent local and legislative elections (see NotiCen, 2003-03-20, 2003-04-04).
Salvador Sanchez Ceren's final year as president of El Salvador promises to be a particularly difficult one following nationwide legislative and municipal elections that saw his party, the leftist Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, FMLN), lose significant ground to the hard-right Alianza Republicana Nacionalista
(Nationalist Republican Alliance, ARENA).