His presidency has been related to controversies by international and human rights organizations.
In the last elections in El Salvador, Here’s to watching He was seen as a millennial candidate, just 38 years old and with little experience who carried out most of his campaign on social networks.
Despite this, citizens took him to the presidency with the hope of change in a country that has been a victim of corruption, poverty and the highest murder rates in the world, according to The New York Times.
The election of Nayib Bukele put aside the two most influential political parties in that country, both had alternated the position of mandates since the end of the civil war in El Salvador, in the 90s.
On the day he won the election, he declared his victory in a leather jacket, blue jeans, and told the country that he had finally ‘turned the page’ on the postwar era.
These are some of the most relevant data of the president, collected by various international media, such as the journalistic portal Expansion.
1. Bukele was mayor of San Salvador from 2015 to 2018, promoted by the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), from which he was expelled in 2017.
2. In his profile as mayor he identified with the millennials. He screened in the capital’s Plaza El Salvador del Mundo a film by Dragon Ball and promoted participation in paintball competitions or extreme mechanical games.
3. Social networks have been his great companions. From the moment he won the elections and until his inauguration, Bukele did not give a press conference and sent his messages via Twitter. If he needed to give an extensive explanation, he turned to Facebook Live.
4. The president of El Salvador was born on July 24, 1981, he is the son of the late businessman Armando Bukele, an industrial chemist and representative of the community of Arab-Palestinian origin, and of Olga Ortez.
5. Bukele studied law at the Jesuit Central American University (UCA) of San Salvador, but did not graduate and worked in a company owned by his father since he was 18 years old.
6. In June, Nayib Bukele headed the ranking world ranking of the best evaluated leaders, prepared by Consult Mitofsky. It has 71% approval.
7. With his electoral victory, Bukele broke with almost three decades of bipartisanship between the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) and the FMLN.
8. It is known as the Swallow, for the emblem of the party that brought him to power, the Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA, a conservative party).
9. He is also accused of violating freedom of expression. José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch for the Americas, recently wrote a column titled “One of the first victims of Bukele’s legislative victory in El Salvador may be freedom of the press.” “Since taking office in June 2019, the government of President Nayib Bukele has curtailed freedom of the press and attacked independent journalists, whom it accuses of propagar “fake news” and constantly qualifies as “mercenaries”, Vivanco assures in his text. (I)