Weekly Report - 22 September 2022 (WR-22-38)

EL SALVADOR: Bukele confirms re-election bid

President Nayib Bukele has confirmed that he will seek a further five-year term in office in 2024. El Salvador’s constitution could not be any more emphatic in precluding consecutive presidential re-election, but Bukele took his lead from a ruling last year by the supreme court’s constitutional chamber (SC), which he had previously stacked with loyalists. Bukele’s re-election bid positions him firmly in the camp of regional peers and former leaders that he previously condemned as dictators, notably Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and Honduras’s former president Juan Orlando Hernández (2014-2022), whose continuance in power followed similarly contentious rulings on re-election, albeit the latter stopped at two terms.

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