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Title: PCN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SEES OPPORTUNITY TO WIN

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08SANSALVADOR12012008-10-20 15:43:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy San Salvador
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SUBJECT: PCN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SEES OPPORTUNITY TO WIN 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Glazer for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary: The National Concilitation Party (PCN) 
announced Tomas Chevez as its presidential candidate on 
August 31.  Chevez believes his religious affiliation and 
experience make a first round win possible.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. (C) Poloffs met with PCN President Ciro Cruz Zepeda, PCN 
Presidential Candidate Tomas Chevez, and Chevez,s principal 
advisor, Marco Dimas Mejia, on October 16.  Chevez's 
candidacy was announced August 31.  Chevez said that he 
believes 40 percent of the Salvadoran electorate is undecided 
and the PCN believes they have a chance to win the March 2009 
presidential election on the first round of voting. 
 
¶3. (C) Chevez said that 35 percent of the Salvadoran 
electorate identified itself as evangelical Christian and 
that these voters distrust both ARENA and the FMLN.  He said 
he was working directly with churches on a national level to 
increase his base and says that his background - university 
educated, experience in the business sector, and evangelical 
Christian - will appeal to the Salvadoran people.  When asked 
about his platform, Chevez said that they would have a final 
version soon and that it would focus on strengthening the 
rule of law, unifying Salvadoran society, eliminating 
corruption, working with the business sector to provide 
better jobs, and developing policies to reduce poverty, 
prevent children from joining gangs, and improve the 
agriculture sector. 
 
¶4. (C) Chevez and Dimas Mejia plan to travel to the U.S. in 
mid-November to visit Salvadoran communities in Miami, 
Washington, Houston, and elsewhere. Chevez said he hoped to 
brief USG officials on his campaign and platform while in 
Washington.  PolCouns will undertake to pass along such a 
request when received. 
GLAZER