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Published: Tuesday March 11, 2014 MYT 5:50:02 AM
Updated: Tuesday March 11, 2014 MYT 5:51:12 AM

Right-wing El Salvador candidate says wants vote recount

Norman Quijano (C), the presidential candidate of the conservative Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA). accompanied by his daughters, gives a thumb up after casting his vote in a presidential election runoff, in San Salvador March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jessica Orellana

Norman Quijano (C), the presidential candidate of the conservative Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA). accompanied by his daughters, gives a thumb up after casting his vote in a presidential election runoff, in San Salvador March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jessica Orellana

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - El Salvador's right-wing presidential candidate Norman Quijano said via tweet on Monday that he wants a "vote-by-vote" recount, after election officials said his former Marxist rebel rival had an irreversible lead after a tight vote.

Quijano of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance Party said he is the president-elect according to his party's count and called the Electoral Tribunal tainted before and throughout the electoral process.

(Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Simon Gardner)

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