I recently spoke with Ximena Enríquez of Americas Quarterly about next year's presidential elections in Will El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele Be the Next Social Media President? El Salvador's two-party system has lost some steam over the last several years as Salvadorans have lost confidence in the FMLN and ARENA to resolve the country's problems. FMLN governance has been a disappointment and ARENA has done little to regain citizen trust.
There's a strong chance that former San Salvador mayor Nayib Bukele will capitalize on the two main parties' failures to become the first non-FMLN / non-ARENA president since Jose Napoleon Duarte (another former mayor of San Salvador). Although he might not be able to win a fist round victory against FMLN (Hugo Martinez) and ARENA (Carlos Calleja) candidates, recent public opinion polls have Bukele comfortably ahead by 30 percentage points.
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