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Security & Strategic Review - March 2019

El Salvador: Bukele’s security plans

Nayib Bukele, the charismatic former mayor of San Salvador (2015-2018), won an outright victory in the 3 February presidential election on the ticket of the centre-right Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (Gana). This effectively ends the duopoly of the ruling Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) and main right-wing opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) that has dominated El Salvador’s political scene for the last three decades. Given that security has long been a public concern (the country continues to have the highest homicide rate in Central America) we look more closely at Bukele’s security plan, as outlined in his manifesto, Plan Cuscatlán.

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