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Weekly Report - 17 April 2019 (WR-19-15)

EL SALVADOR: Bukele casts doubt on future of neighbourly ties

Ahead of taking office on 1 June El Salvador’s President-elect Nayib Bukele has already upset the presidents of Nicaragua and Honduras, Daniel Ortega and Juan Orlando Hernández, respectively. Via his favourite medium Twitter, Bukele accused them of being “dictators” and has refused to allow them to attend his inauguration ceremony. As well as marking a departure from outgoing President Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the ruling Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), Bukele’s actions (which, with regard to Ortega, are likely to endear him to the US) raise more general questions about the future of Central American integration when he takes office.

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