Supported by his enormous popularity thanks to his controversial hard-line politics, Nayib Bukele achieved an overwhelming victory in the presidential elections on Sunday in El Salvador and was re-elected for a new five-year term.
With 70% of the votes counted, the president obtains 83% of the votes, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Bukele leads by more than 75 points over his closest competitor, the candidate of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN, left), Manuel Flores, who barely reached 7%.
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On Sunday night, an exultant Bukele had declared himself the winner by a historic margin of victory before electoral authorities published the first preliminary figures.
Bukele, reaches 1,662,313 votes with 70.25% of the minutes processed in the preliminary scrutiny of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), which recognized difficulties in the transmission of results from the voting boards in the polling stations.
Nayib Bukele achieved a crushing victory in El Salvador
With these results, which must be ratified in a final scrutiny with the physical records, a process that takes several days, Bukele would obtain an overwhelming advantage over his opponents and would thus achieve re-election, prohibited by the Constitution, but for which he was enabled by the court in constitutional matters and with the endorsement of the Supreme Court. The opposition denounces that the president controls the judicial power at will.
Behind Bukele, from the ruling New Ideas party (NI), is the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN, left) with 139,025 votes and the National Republican Alliance (Arena, right), with 122,926 votes.
El Salvador welcomes the re-election of Nayib Bukele (REUTERS/Jose Cabezas)By: REUTERS
The parties Nuestro Tiempo (NT), Fuerza Solidaria, Fuerza Patriótica Salvadoreña reached insignificant values.
His overwhelming victory is based on enormous popularity for his successful security policy against gangs. In just two years, he imprisoned 75,000 alleged gang members and pacified the country, although activists and the opposition denounced severe human rights violations.
Nuevas Ideas, Bukele's party, also leads the votes in the remote modality abroad via the internet and in-person voting abroad. The electoral body has not yet provided preliminary statistics on the total number of voters and abstentionism.
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The collegiate entity recognized early this Monday multiple actions that have hindered the development of the activities of transmitting the preliminary results from the voting centers, for which it agreed to the manual issuance of the preliminary minutes.
Users on social networks reported irregularities in the transmission of voting ballots during the count that in many polling stations extended until the early hours of this Monday.
Celia Medrano, candidate for vice president of El Salvador for the Nuestro Tiempo party, told reporters this Monday that the Electoral Court “is not capable” of “being able to verify any data that has been publicly announced based on corroboration of ballots versus the electronic system that has failed everywhere.”
Nayib Bukele said that his party obtained 58 of the 60 seats in Parliament
Bukele proclaimed himself the winner of the Presidency on Sunday night with more than 85% of the votes and announced, without official data, that Nuevas Ideas would continue to dominate the Legislative Assembly with 58 deputies out of a total of 60.
Having a majority in Congress will allow Bukele, who if the data is confirmed would become the first president of El Salvador to be re-elected, to continue his war against gangs through an emergency regime, implemented since March 2022.
The popularity achieved by this measure, which reduced the number of homicides in the country considered for many years to be one of the most violent in the world, helped Bukele sweep the presidential and legislative elections held on Sunday.