President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has won re-election with an overwhelming majority, securing 83% of the votes. His victory follows his implementation of strict measures to combat gang violence, resulting in a significant decrease in the country’s murder rate. Bukele has received praise for transforming El Salvador from one of the most violent nations in the world to one of the safest in Latin America.
Known for his bold statements, Bukele described himself as “the world’s coolest dictator” and claimed victory before the official results were announced. His party, Nuevas Ideas, also achieved success in the legislative election, winning at least 58 out of 60 seats in the National Assembly.
Preliminary results released by the electoral authorities support Bukele’s claim of a landslide victory for a second term. Supporters of the president celebrated in front of the National Palace, waving party flags and chanting Bukele’s name, showcasing their enthusiasm for his leadership.
In an effort to secure his re-election, Bukele had warned voters that the progress made in combating gang violence could be reversed if he was not granted a second term. Despite his popularity, Bukele has faced criticism from human rights groups for the arbitrary arrests made during his anti-gang campaign. Critics argue that these actions violate human rights and undermine the country’s democratic principles.
Additionally, Bukele’s re-election bid has been controversial due to the constitutional ban on consecutive second terms. However, Bukele’s supporters dominate the constitutional court, which allowed him to run again on the condition that he steps aside before completing a second term.
With his resounding victory, Bukele is set to continue his efforts to maintain the safety and stability of El Salvador. His accomplishments in reducing gang violence have gained international attention, and he will likely face both praise and scrutiny as he navigates his second term as president.