Nayib Bukele celebrates two years as president of El Salvador, with high popularity ratings, but distanced from the international community.
This Tuesday, before a Congress dominated by like-minded deputies, the president promised that he will not allow the traditional left and right parties, which left power after three decades of alternation, to govern the country again.
“From now on the challenge is much bigger, Salvadorans have to decide to free ourselves from the yoke of the powers that be that with their ideological apparatus they have always governed from behind and continue to try to govern our country “, he pointed.
Bukele’s oath: “We vow not to let those who made us suffer return to power”
In line with that speech, the president asked the deputies and the public present to stand up to take an oath.
“We vow to defend our future conquests, not to let those who made us suffer ever return to power., do not let them loot our country again “said Bukele, as those present repeated the oath behind him.
The millennial who broke stereotypes and capitalized on popular discontent
Bukele came to power on June 1, 2019 with a fresh image, of a young millennial, with which he managed to capitalize on the population’s discontent with the traditional parties, the right-wing Arena and the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front.
Instead of speeches, the young president prefers Twitter, as he showed in the United Nations General Assembly, where, before speaking, he took a selfie for his social networks.
His great achievement: remarkably reducing homicides in the most violent country in the world
Its main achievement has been to notably reduce the homicide rate, to maintain a country that was considered the most violent in the world. When he came to office, there was an average of 50 homicides per 100,000 residents. A figure that was reduced to less than half a year later, thanks to an anti-gang plan.
Faced with hostile Congress, he came to enter the Assembly with armed soldiers to demand from the deputies the approval of a loan to fight against gangs.
The controversy: Congress dismisses the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber
His popularity was translated at the polls last February, when his allies won a landslide victory in the legislative elections.
However, as soon as he took office, the new Congress favorable to Bukele made a controversial decision, remove the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court and the attorney general, which set off alarms in the international community, which described the measure as blow to the independence of powers.
In the face of criticism from the United States, Bukele has distanced himself from Washington and strengthened ties with China, with a cooperation agreement of 500 million dollars.
Bukele is now preparing a reform of the Constitution, which currently does not allow him to be reelected. According to a recent survey by the Center for Social Studies Research, 89% of Salvadorans approve of his administration.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.