Naib Bukele’s party won an overwhelming majority in El Salvador’s parliament

“New Ideas,” the ruling party of El Salvador’s re-elected president Naib Bukele, known for his support of bitcoin, has won an overwhelming majority of seats in the country’s legislature.

On Feb. 20, El Salvador’s election watchdog body reported that the New Ideas party won 54 of the 60 seats in the legislature, ensuring that Bukele will have the political means to continue his program. The results were part of the country’s Feb. 4 elections. Bukele claimed victory on Feb. 5 before official results were released, suggesting that the New Ideas party won 58 seats instead of 54.

Despite the President’s claims of victory in the legislature, opposition groups are calling for the annulment of the election results, accusing them of vote rigging. VAMOS, Nuestro Tiempo and the Nationalist Republican Alliance have reportedly found 69 “anomalies” in the electoral process. Farabundo Marti’s National Liberation Front party made similar accusations of fraud and voter manipulation.

Bukele took office in June 2019, becoming one of the few world leaders to openly support cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. He called on the Salvadoran government to accept BTC as legal tender in September 2021, when the New Ideas party also had an overwhelming majority in government.

Bukele calls himself “the world’s toughest dictator.” He is known for brutally cracking down on gang violence and lowering the country’s murder rate, and has even been criticized for doing so. The nation’s leader’s time in power has been marked by reports of human rights abuses in his attempts to suppress gang violence and reduce the murder rate in El Salvador. A March 2023 United Nations report said that “mass detentions” had been taking place in El Salvador since 2022, resulting in many deaths in custody or other ill-treatment.

During Bukele’s time in power, El Salvador’s Supreme Court changed the rules to allow the president to be elected to two consecutive terms rather than waiting 10 years before running for re-election. Bukele stepped down in December 2023 to focus on his campaign, leaving Claudia Rodriguez de Guevara as acting president until June 2024.

Bukele won the election convincingly earlier this year. On February 22, he plans to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. The gathering will be attended by far-right members of the U.S. Republican Party, Argentine President Javier Milay, former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and former U.S. President Donald Trump.


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