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Nayib Bukele comfortably ahead in the polls?


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.

You can read the entire story here.