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Weekly Report - 21 February 2019 (WR-19-07)

EL SALVADOR: Bukele hounds defeated traditional parties

Nayib Bukele was formally proclaimed president-elect of El Salvador on 15 February. Two days later he proposed that the legislative assembly reassign US$16m (which he pointedly noted was half the sum deputies had set aside to construct a new building for congress) to construct 50 schools and 14 libraries. By issuing this challenge, Bukele revealed that he has no intention of building bridges with the two traditional parties, Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) and Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), that control the legislative assembly with 60 of the 84 seats between them.

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