Sanchez Ceren and Ortiz officially named President and Vice President – Elect
Last night, President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Vice President-Elect Oscar Ortiz received their official credentials from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Mayors, legislative assembly members, diplomats, political party representatives and other representatives from civil society witnessed the ceremony at CIFCO, the national convention center. The ceremony came sixteen days after the second round of elections, amidst ARENA’s accusations of fraud and call for a recount to try to derail the March 9th elections, despite observation reports from the Organization of American States, the European Union, and other international bodies, affirming the 2014 elections as a law-abiding and transparent process. The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court also denied ARENA’s vote-by-vote recount petition this morning.
“Today, we present the documents that certify Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Oscar Samuel Ortiz Asencio as President and Vice-President of the Republic for 2014-2019. I have nothing more to say but to congratulate the winning candidates, I wish them the best of success in their mandate. On behalf of this collegial body, allow me to congratulate their legal, legitimate, and transparent triumph won at the polls,” said TSE president Magistrate Eugenio Chicas Martinez, at the close of the ceremony.
Many have said the spirit of Archbishop Romero has been present in these historic elections. The TSE’s unwavering declaration of elections results came through on the 34th anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s martyrdom, with the credentials ceremony taking place the following evening.