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El Salvador's Ruling Party Fails to Win Clear Majority in Congressional Elections

Returns from El Salvador's congressional elections show that President Tony Saca's conservative party will likely fail to win a clear majority in Congress.

With almost 90 percent of the vote counted from Sunday's election, the ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance, also known as ARENA, is leading with 39.4 percent. The main opposition, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or F.M.L.N., is slightly behind, with 39.1 percent of the vote.

That would give the ARENA party 34 seats in the 84-member Congress. The F.M.L.N. would secure 32 seats.

The F.M.L.N. was a guerrilla group during El Salvador's civil war. It became a political party under a 1992 peace deal.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.