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El Salvador picks a leader with no skeletons in cupboard

Monday, February 4, 2019


Nayib Bukele, aged 37, won 54 percent of the presidential vote in El Salvador with nearly all the results posted.

Bukele will be the nation's youngest president and also the first without a past of involvement in the civil war that ended in 1992. Since then alternate governments of the leftwing FMLN, the former guerrillas, and the Arena party, which is believed to be backed by elements of the former military regime, have struggled to control violence, and both have been involved in serious cases of corruption.

Bukele claims to be a president who can clean up the nation's politics.