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 occasion, consolidating his overhaul of conventional politics.
Opinion polls present that Bukele’s occasion, New Concepts, may win greater than half of the mayoral positions, and sufficient seats to maintain a minimum of a easy majority in Congress.
A two-thirds majority in Congress would let the occasion appoint high-level authorities officers, such because the lawyer basic and 5 of the 15 Supreme Court docket 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 conflict in 1992.
Regardless of garnering reputation by offering financial help throughout the pandemic and curbing homicides, Bukele has clashed with each the legislature and the Supreme Court docket, and rights teams say he has proven authoritarian tendencies.
Wilson Sandoval, coordinator of El Salvador’s Anticorruption Authorized Advisory Heart, stated it will be vital to keep up a counterweight to the manager department.
Voting Bukele would basically take away an entity that may management the manager, Sandoval stated, and so “we’re giving them a clean test 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.