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Funes

Funes, Mauricio, 1959-, Salvadoran journalist and politician, president of El Salvador (2009-). A television reporter, he became known for his news reporting and analysis on El Salvador's long civil war and for his insightful interviews. A moderate leftist, Funes developed sympathy for many of the aims of the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FNLN). A news director from 1997, he was fired in 2005 as a result of his criticism of the conservative government. Subsequently more directly involved in politics, Funes became the FMLN's 2009 presidential candidate and won, becoming the country's first elected leftist leader.
Funes is a small city in the , located within the metropolitan area of Greater Rosario, about 15 km east from the center of the city of Rosario. It has a population of about 15,000 inhabitants.

Funes was founded by Tomás de la Torre in 1874. At the time its name was San José. It was also known as Loma de Ávila.

The city is located on the National Route 9 and has access to several other major roads and transportation, such as the Rosario-Santa Fe Highway and the Rosario-Córdoba Highway. The lands of the Rosario International Airport are partly included in the jurisdiction of Funes.

The city is known as the "Garden of the Province". On weekends and during summer vacations, it is invaded by visitors, especially from nearby Rosario; local sources estimate the number on 40,000. A large part of the urban infrastructure is devoted to private houses owned or hired by these occasional residents.

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