Throughout its history, El Salvador has had to fight authoritarian regimes more than once. President Nayib Bukele promised to be different, but his actions are proving to be just as big a threat to the country’s democracy.
Governments across Latin America have taken exceptional measures to stop the uncontrollable spread of COVID-19. Faced with this, there is a valid fear that these measures could exacerbate abuses of power or increase human rights violations.
Nayib Bukele, a former FMLN member now running as a third-party candidate, is expected to win the first round on February 3rd. The question now is whether or not he will amass sufficient support to avoid a runoff on March 10th.