Salvadorans went to the polls on Sunday to vote in legislative and municipal elections that might give a broad victory to President Nayib Bukele’s celebration, consolidating his overhaul of conventional politics.
Opinion polls show that Bukele’s celebration, New Concepts, may win greater than half of the mayoral positions, and sufficient seats to maintain at the very least a easy majority in Congress.
A two-thirds majority in Congress would let the celebration appoint high-level authorities officers, such because the lawyer common and 5 of the 15 Supreme Courtroom justices.
Bukele, a 39-year-old publicist and metropolis mayor, took workplace in 2019 promising to root out corruption and upend the two-party politics – led by the Nationalist Republican Alliance and the Farabundo Marti Nationwide Liberation Entrance – that has dominated because the finish of the civil struggle in 1992.
Regardless of garnering recognition by offering financial assist through the pandemic and curbing homicides, Bukele has clashed with each the legislature and the Supreme Courtroom, and rights teams say he has proven authoritarian tendencies.
Wilson Sandoval, coordinator of El Salvador‘s Anticorruption Authorized Advisory Middle, stated it will be essential to take care of a counterweight to the chief department.
Voting Bukele would primarily take away an entity that may management the chief, Sandoval stated, and so “we’re giving them a clean examine to allow them to do no matter they need.”
Bukele has stated his rivals are fearful as a result of his insurance policies threaten their privileges.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. (1300 GMT) and are slated to shut at 5 p.m. (2300 GMT), with voters set to vote for 84 lawmakers and 262 mayors.