Former guerrilla sworn in as El Salvador president

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Salvadorean new President Salvador Sanchez Ceren waves after receiving the presidential sash during his inauguration ceremony in San Salvador, El Salvador on June 1, 2014Former guerrilla commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren was sworn in Sunday as president of El Salvador with the pressing tasks of dealing with violent gangs, a struggling economy and endemic poverty. Sanchez Ceren, 69, promised to govern “with honesty, austerity, efficiency and transparency.” A former teacher, Sanchez Ceren belonged to the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and rose to become one of the guerrilla group’s top commanders, under the nom de guerre Leonel Gonzalez, during the country’s bloody 1979-1992 civil war. In doing so, he became the fourth former leftist guerrilla to be elected president in Latin America after Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, Jose Mujica in Uruguay, and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil.

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