El Salvador picks between right and left in presidential vote

A man casts his vote at a polling station in San Salvador during the presidential election on February 2, 2014Voters in crime-plagued El Salvador decide Sunday whether to keep the leftist party in power or return to conservative rule. This small but densely populated Central American country of six million is struggling to control rampant gang violence and still burdened by the legacy of its bitter 1979-1992 civil war. Under tight security measures by both the police and the army, some 4.9 million voters are called to choose a successor to President Mauricio Funes of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). The top contender is Funes’s vice president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a former civil war guerrilla commander who on Sunday promised an inclusive government if he wins.