After Two Years of Posturing, El Salvador’s Bukele Must Now Govern

President Nayib Bukele prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station in San Salvador, El Salvador, Feb. 28, 2021 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).
President Nayib Bukele prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station in San Salvador, El Salvador, Feb. 28, 2021 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).
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As expected, voters in El Salvador turned out overwhelmingly for President Nayib Bukele’s party in legislative and municipal elections last Sunday. Preliminary results suggested the Nuevas Ideas party, or New Ideas, had attained a two-thirds majority in the 84-seat Legislative Assembly, enough to pass laws and make key appointments without the support of other parties. While it remains uncertain whether Bukele and his allies will win the 63-seat supermajority that would allow them to limit certain constitutional rights of citizens, the vote is nonetheless transformative, paving the way for Bukele to govern with near-total control. In addition to the legislative […]

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