Big Victory Comes With Big Expectations for El Salvador’s Young New President

El Salvador’s president-elect, Nayib Bukele, accompanied by his wife, Gabriela, waves to supporters in San Salvador, El Salvador, Feb. 3, 2019 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).
El Salvador’s president-elect, Nayib Bukele, accompanied by his wife, Gabriela, waves to supporters in San Salvador, El Salvador, Feb. 3, 2019 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—In a landslide earlier this month, voters in El Salvador elected 37-year-old Nayib Bukele as the country’s next president. Bukele, who many observers described as a populist for his direct communication style and reliance on social media to connect with voters, defeated the two most powerful political parties on an anti-corruption platform that attacked the failures of 25 years of post-civil war governance. Bukele was also cast as a political outsider, although he was most recently mayor of San Salvador and, before that, the city of Nuevo Cuscatlan—and a member of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation […]

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