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El Salvador's long-dominant parties in crisis after drubbing


SAN SALVADOR – Saúl Meléndez, a former fighter during El Salvador’s civil war, was for years a loyal member of the leftist political party formed by his fellow ex-guerrillas after the war.

But Meléndez has now won his first elected office — not with them, but as a member of President Nayib Bukele’s New Ideas party.

The Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front — the party Meléndez left in 2015 and that expelled Bukele in 2017 — suffered a drubbing in February's national elections.

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