Bukele sweeps El Salvador’s presidential elections and consolidates his total power

Bukele sweeps El Salvador’s presidential elections and consolidates his total power

In the presidential elections held in El Salvador last Sunday, Nayib Bukele achieved a landslide victory that consolidates him as the undisputed leader of the country.

With 70% of the votes counted, Bukele, candidate of the New Ideas party, has an overwhelming support of more than 1,600,000 votes, leaving far behind his closest competitor, Manuel Flores of the FLMN, who only obtained 139,000 votes.

A historic triumph

Bukele’s victory in these elections has been described as historic, breaking records in the history of democracies worldwide.

In his speech delivered from the National Palace before an excited crowd, the President declared: “El Salvador has broken all the records of all democracies in the history of the world. Never has a project won with the amount of votes that we have won today. It is literally the highest percentage in history”.

Popular response and overwhelming support

Bukele’s popularity among the Salvadoran population has been evident during his first term, with approval ratings reaching as high as 90% according to various studies. During this period, violence levels in El Salvador dropped considerably, making it one of the safest countries in the Americas.

However, his “mano dura” (iron fist) approach against gangs and the emergency regime he has imposed in the country have also been the subject of criticism and accusations of human rights abuses.

Despite this, the majority of the Salvadoran population supports his administration, as evidenced by a recent poll in which 86% said they feel more secure compared to previous years.

Road to re-election

Bukele’s reelection was not without controversy. The Constitution of El Salvador prohibits immediate reelection, but the judges of the Constitutional Chamber made a controversial interpretation to allow the candidacy of Bukele, who took a six-month leave of absence to be able to run in these elections.

This decision has generated debate and criticism both nationally and internationally.

International support

Despite the doubts and lack of official data, several governments of countries such as Mexico, China, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Paraguay have publicly congratulated Bukele for his victory in the elections.

This international endorsement strengthens the position of Bukele and his party in the Latin American political scene.

Challenges

Despite the resounding election victory, Bukele faces significant challenges in his second term. One of the biggest challenges is to boost economic growth in a country where more than 200,000 people fell into extreme poverty in the last four years.

Although he has not presented a specific plan, Bukele is expected to implement measures to address this situation and promote the country’s economic development.

Security and human rights

During his first term, Bukele managed to reduce violence levels in El Salvador to historic lows. However, his “war on gangs” strategy and emergency rule have led to accusations of arbitrary detentions, human rights abuses and high incarceration rates.

In his victory speech, Bukele defended his security policy and criticized the press and international organizations that questioned it.

Future Prospects

Although Bukele did not offer specific details about his plans for his second term, he promised to continue doing “the impossible” and to show the world the example of El Salvador.

Popular support and international backing are indicative of strong and consolidated leadership, but also pose challenges and expectations for the future of El Salvador.

Conclusion

Nayib Bukele’s landslide victory in El Salvador’s presidential elections consolidates his power and grants him a second consecutive term. Despite controversy and criticism, Bukele enjoys significant popular support and international backing.

However, he faces economic challenges and must address security and human rights concerns in the country. The future of El Salvador under Bukele’s leadership is uncertain, but his uncontested victory marks a milestone in the country’s political history.