Final count confirms Nayib Bukele’s re-election in El Salvador

Feb 10, 2024

San Salvador: El Salvador'S Supreme Electoral Tribunal has confirmed landslides re-election President's Nayib Bukele After completing the final counting of election results, with about 83 percent of the votes.
Bukele, 42, claimed this week that he had won more than 85 percent of the votes for the presidency.
Electoral Tribunal President Dora Martínez said in a statement on Friday that after counting of ballots at all polling stations, they found 2.7 million of the 3.2 million votes cast, or 82.66 percent.
Bukele's victory has been widely attributed to his “war” on gangs reducing the murder rate in the violence-plagued Central American country.
Manuel Flores of the far-left Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) came in second place with 6.25 percent of the vote, according to Martínez.
Joel Sanchez of the right-wing Arena party received 5.44 percent of the vote.
Martinez said turnout in Sunday's vote was 52.6 percent among the 6.2 million people registered to vote.
Bukele was first elected president in 2019, ending nearly 30 years of alternating power between the FMLN and ARENA.
Following the final vote count, the leader thanked “the people of Salvador” for their support in a post on the social media platform X.
El Salvador was once considered one of the most violent countries not active in war, but last year its murder rate fell to its lowest level in three decades – well below the global average.
Rights advocates have questioned the nearly two-year state of emergency under Bukele, because it allows arrests without warrants. More than 77,000 suspects have been detained, of whom about 7,000 have been released after being proven innocent.

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