El Salvador: anti-establishment Nayib Bukele becomes president

El Salvador: anti-establishment Nayib Bukele becomes president

Editorial staff
Share

San Salvador, February 5. “Now we can announce quite clearly that we have won the Presidency of El Salvador”, said Nayib Bukele, 37 years old, former mayor of San Salvador, who won the presidential elections of the Central-American country after the first round, on February 3, 2019. Bukele had 54 percent of the votes with 90 percent of ballots counted. The new president, leader of the right party Great Alliance for Unity (Gana), spoke to his supporters gathered at a hotel in the city center. The triumph of the candidate of the small conservative party has been acknowledged by his two main rivals: Carlos Calleja, candidate of the Nationalist Republican Alliance Party (Arena), who was far behind in second with 32 percent, and Hugo Martinez, of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). With 14 percent.   Observers highlight that Nayib Bukele’s victory puts an end to the dominance of the two main parties who have governed the country for 30 years. The sixth president of El Salvador since the end of the civil war in 1992, Nayib Bukele’s mission is to fight gang violence and poverty. His mandate will last 5 years and he cannot seek re-election. The parliament will be controlled by the right party Arena at least until the elections due in 2021.