The polarizing figure Nayib Bukele won the presidential elections with 85% of the votes, a historic margin of victory over the opposing candidates
The country’s congress approved a reform to the Law Against Organized Crime which human rights organizations say creates an “arbitrary justice system”
Under the banner of “Three Years of Setbacks and Lies, Violation of Human Rights, Workers’ Rights and Abandonment of Productive Sectors,” hundreds took to the streets and social media platforms in rejection of President Nayib Bukele’s government
Despite attempts by Nayib Bukele’s administration to discredit peace accords, thousands marched to commemorate the historic agreements
Thousands of Salvadorans marched peacefully in rejection of recognition of Bitcoin as legal tender, the high cost of living, rise in disappearances, acts of corruption involving government officials and ministers, and the Buleke government’s negotiations with criminal gangs, among other issues
Young Salvadorans have called on the national government to support them in completing their studies and provide them with quality employment opportunities so that they are not forced to emigrate
The Bitcoin law was approved by the parliament, controlled by Bukele’s party and its allies, last June. Economists warned that the digital currency’s lack of transparency could attract increased criminal activity to the country and make El Salvador a haven of money laundering.
Many fear that the volatility of the cryptocurrency will affect their income and purchasing power. They condemned that it is not suitable for small vendors and only benefits the big investors and transnational companies.
In its first session, the new Legislative Assembly of El Salvador dismissed all the judges from the Supreme Court and the Attorney General, sparking national and international condemnation for what many have called a coup and an attack on democracy
The overwhelming victory of the Bukele-led NI-GANA alliance in the legislative elections gives the executive immense power to fulfill his authoritarian objectives, raising concerns for progressive sectors
The upcoming elections are crucial for the strengthening of democracy, which has suffered various setbacks under the rule of far-right President Nayib Bukele
Víctor Suazo, a candidate of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front ( FMLN ), talks about the upcoming elections in El Salvador and the struggle waged by his party to save the country’s democracy and institutions