Obama congratulates Salvadoran election winner

Other News Materials 19 March 2009 01:17 (UTC +04:00)

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called El Salvador's president-elect Mauricio Funes to congratulate him on his win, dpa reported.

Funes, a leftist who got 51 per cent of the vote in Sunday's election, put an end to a 20-year rule by right-wing party ARENA.

"The call was to congratulate me on the triumph obtained on March 15, to wish me success in my public management effort over the coming five years," Funes said.

Obama also told him that the two should meet at the upcoming Summit of the Americas, set to take place in April in Trinidad and Tobago, the Salvadoran politician said.