President Mauricio Funes‘ Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front dropped to 31 seats from 35. A coalition led by former conservative President Elias Saca won 11 seats, while the remaining nine seats went to four small parties.
Observers said the results of Sunday’s vote was a setback for Mr. Funes.
Panetta seeks to boost support for base
BISHKEK — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with Kyrgyzstan’s leaders to stress that America needs the continued use of the U.S. air base there beyond the end of its contract in 2014, largely as a transit center to bring troops home from Afghanistan.
The official said the defense chief on Tuesday stressed the importance of the transit center for both countries, for regional security as well as the possible transition to a lucrative commercial hub in the future.
Official: Gunmen kill 19 in bus attack
ADDIS ABABA — An Ethiopian official said Tuesday unknown gunmen in the country’s southwest killed 19 people in an attack on a public bus.
The president of Ethiopia’s Gambella region said eight people were wounded.
Omod Obang Olum said the victims were Ethiopian residents traveling in a public bus that was ambushed near a town called Bonga by attackers with machine guns.View Entire Story
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