Manuel “El Chino” Flores to Seek the Leadership of the FMLN Political Party

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Mar 9th, 2024
Manuel El Chino FloresManuel "El Chino" Flores, FMLN Presidential Candidate.

Manuel El Chino Flores announced this week his intentions to seek the leadership of the FMLN political party. Flores, the former presidential candidate of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), who finished second in the February presidential elections, aims to lead the party for the next five years.

“I’m going to sign up to lead the FMLN for the next five years,” remarked Flores during the Dialogo 21 interview this past Thursday.

“The FMLN needs a total change. I am going to register to be the general secretary of my party with the mission to citizenize it and change the way of doing politics,” noted Manuel Flores.

Flores highlighted that he will seek to make changes. “We are going to do a generational change, and we are going to encourage young people, and especially those who bravely participated as candidates, to assume control of the territories,” stated the FMLN ex-presidential candidate.

Flores continued, expressing his intention to lead the party, emphasizing the need for “new methods without compromising the principles” of the FMLN. He highlighted the importance of connecting with the population, introducing the concept of “citizenizing” the party.

Manuel, known as “El Chino” Flores, affirmed that they will analyze what happened in the 2024 elections. In this year’s elections, the FMLN obtained the worst results of its political life.

In the 2024 presidential elections, the FMLN received a mere 6.4% of the votes. Furthermore, the party failed to clinch any seats in the Legislative Assembly or municipal governments and managed to win only two seats in the Central American Parliament.

We are committed to a transition and to improve communication The proposals are to maintain the spirit of the FMLN, but turn it into a dynamic entity, I repeat, the citizenship of the FMLN, which is the party of the people. Manuel “El Chino” Flores.

Oscar Ortiz, the current leader of the FMLN, announced that he was stepping down as secretary general of the party. Ortiz’s tenure started in 2018 and is set to end in 2024.

“I am closing my five-year cycle of complex management in my party,” declared Ortiz; however, he did not specify whether he will leave office before the established date or if he will serve the five years determined by the political party’s statutes.