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Weekly Report - 21 January 2021 (WR-21-03)

EL SALVADOR: Bukele bashes peace accord for electoral ends

President Nayib Bukele refused to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the peace accords on 16 January that ended El Salvador’s bloody civil war (1980-1992), dismissing them as “a farce”. He faced criticism of negating history for his own electoral purposes. In legislative elections next month, Bukele hopes to break the political dominance of the right-wing Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) and the left-wing Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), which signed the peace accords and, until Bukele’s election in February 2019, had held a stranglehold on power since the civil war. Meanwhile, a constitutional reform proposal being drafted by a commission led by his vice president is fuelling opposition concerns that Bukele is intent on adjusting term limits and hanging on to power.

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