Is El Salvador’s New Social-Media Savvy President Promising Too Much?

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele during a press conference in San Salvador, El Salvador, Aug. 28, 2019 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele during a press conference in San Salvador, El Salvador, Aug. 28, 2019 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).

One of the most intriguing leaders to come to power in recent months is the 37-year-old, pony-tailed former ad executive who took office as president of El Salvador 100 days ago. Nayib Bukele’s election tore up the entrenched divisions that have dominated El Salvador since the end of its devastating, Cold War-era civil war. Two main political parties, acting as heirs to the conflict’s combatants, had taken their fight from the battlefield to the political arena. Bukele’s victory smashed that dynamic, but it was unclear where he stood precisely, and where his policies would lead the country. On outline is […]

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