The resurgence of authoritarian rulers is becoming more apparent globally as civil liberties and fundamental freedoms face persistent jeopardy from one extreme of the globe to the other. In El Salvador, the electorate seems to have granted Nayib Bukele, known for his authoritarian approach, a consecutive term in office.
El Salvador, historically perceived as a nation fraught with danger, has seen substantial transformations in the recent period, leading to an increase in public approval. Nonetheless, the situation under President Bukele’s administration presents a complex picture. Despite the positive changes, there is still vigorous debate and concern over the arrest of over 76,000 individuals two years prior. Allegations of excessive force and misuse of authority by the state continue to be a significant source of dispute and unease among observers and the populace.
Some people say that the government led by President Bukele has wrongly accused many people (around 76,000) of being involved with gangs in the country. They think not everyone arrested was really part of a gang. But the government says they needed to make these arrests to stop the gangs that were causing a lot of problems in the country, like in other places in South America.
The AP reports that according to the electoral tribune in the country, Bukele received at least 83% of the vote over his opponent’s 7% of the vote.