Weekly Report - 08 February 2024 (WR-24-05)

Bukele claims thumping victory in El Salvador elections

El Salvador will enter uncharted waters on 1 June when Nayib Bukele begins a second term in office after his emphatic victory in presidential elections on 4 February. It is nearly a century since the last head of state to serve more than one term in El Salvador: Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, a dictator who held power for more than 12 years. Bukele has dismantled checks and balances at lightning speed and opponents fully expect him to remove constitutional term limits altogether, having sidestepped them with the assistance of a constitutional chamber of the supreme court stacked with loyalists.

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