Party of El Salvador President Nayib Bukele Wins Landslide

This election was the first test for the Nuevas Ideas party, which was founded by Bukele in 2018 but didn’t obtain official status in time for the election of that year.

  • Mar 1, 2021
  • 4:09 PM

Residente Interviews El Salvador President Nayib Bukele About Coronavirus

In an Instagram LIVE, Residente asked Bukele about the ways in which he is combating the spread of COVID-19 in El Salvador.

  • Mar 25, 2020
  • 7:05 PM

Nayib Bukele Wins Historic Presidential Elections in El Salvador

“Nayib has the capacity to makes us dream of a different country,” one of his supporters told Latino Rebels on Sunday.

  • Feb 4, 2019
  • 8:29 AM

Bukele Blocks IMF Report on El Salvador

The Bukele administration barred the International Monetary Fund from publishing its yearly report on the “economic situation and policy strategy” of El Salvador. It was striking, given that the country is looking to spur the negotiation of a debt program.

  • Apr 26, 2023
  • 5:53 PM

Thousands March in El Salvador as Bukele Plans to Run for Re-Election

On Thursday, El Salvador’s Independence Day, President Nayib Bukele announced that he will seek re-election when his five-year term ends in 2024, defying a constitutional ban on consecutive re-election. Earlier that day, as the government held a military parade, thousands marched in the capital against Bukele and his policies.

  • Sep 16, 2022
  • 12:50 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Fiddles While the Crypto Market Burns

Global financial duress is pummeling cryptocurrencies including Tether, an important piece of Nayib Bukele’s bitcoin project.

  • Jun 21, 2022
  • 11:23 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Finance Could Be Bukele’s Achilles Heel

The falling price of bitcoin underscores El Salvador’s precarious debt crisis, financial experts say. President Nayib Bukele, nevertheless, perseveres: On Monday, May 9, he announced a new $15 million state bitcoin purchase and boasted about his mockup of the megaproject Bitcoin City.

  • May 16, 2022
  • 12:48 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: As World Condemns Ukraine War, Bukele Sees Bitcoin Opportunity

El Salvador joined Nicaragua in abstaining from the U.N. General Assembly’s condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine. As El Salvador prepares to issue a billion dollars’ worth of Bitcoin Bonds, Bukele implies the Russia clampdown underscores a key use-case for the cryptocurrency: sanctions evasion.

  • Mar 4, 2022
  • 12:10 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: First Signs of Strife in Bukele’s Party

Rank-and-file legislators of President Nayib Bukele’s party, Nuevas Ideas, are showing the first signs of dissent for fear of U.S. sanctions and lack of budget, camera time, and access to decision-making. Some of them did not appear for key votes in recent weeks.

  • Jan 27, 2022
  • 12:22 PM

Press Freedom Threatened Under Bukele in El Salvador

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On November 23, Apple sent 14 El Faro journalists a warning: “state-sponsored attackers may be targeting your iPhone” because of “who you are and what you do.”

  • Dec 10, 2021
  • 4:33 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: U.S. Gives Up on Mending Ties With Bukele

The interim U.S. ambassador to El Salvador will leave her post this week, citing the Bukele administration’s lack of interest in crossing “a bridge” of dialogue, as well as El Salvador’s refusal to extradite senior MS-13 leaders wanted on terrorism charges and concerns about the proposed “foreign agents law.”

  • Nov 23, 2021
  • 11:38 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele’s Party Cloned in Guatemala

José Luis Araneda Cintrón, a Guatemalan lawyer, began the process before Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal to found a political party called “Nuevas Ideas,” the same name as that of President Nayib Bukele in El Salvador. The new party’s cyan logo is identical to that of the Salvadoran party.

  • Oct 26, 2021
  • 6:00 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Thousands Defy Bukele on El Salvador’s 200th Birthday

El Salvador, in Brief: Mass protests gripped San Salvador on Central America’s bicentennial anniversary of independence, marking a new phase for the opposition to President Bukele’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Bukele accused the international community of financing the protests to undermine his government.

  • Sep 17, 2021
  • 5:49 PM

Thousands Protest Against Bukele Government in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in El Salvador’s capital Wednesday for the first mass march against President Nayib Bukele, who protesters say has concentrated too much power, weakened the independence of the courts and may seek re-election.

  • Sep 16, 2021
  • 11:57 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Administration Shoots the Messenger Again

Bukele administration officials have forcefully denied new evidence of their negotiations with gangs. While gang negotiations have become common practice for politicians in El Salvador, broad public hostility toward such talks incentivizes secrecy.

  • Aug 29, 2021
  • 3:13 PM

Bukele’s Gang Negotiations

Latino Rebels Radio: August 26, 2021

  • Aug 26, 2021
  • 4:41 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Administration Buried Evidence of Gang Negotiations

Salvadoran prosecutors obtained groundbreaking evidence confirming that the Bukele administration negotiated a reduction in homicides with the country’s three gangs and that top prison officials removed potentially incriminating evidence from their facilities.

  • Aug 24, 2021
  • 9:09 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: As Expected, Bukele Pushes Constitutional Rewrite

A proposal to reform the Salvadoran constitution would loosen current limits on judicial power and extend the presidential term. Lawyers question the legitimacy of the reform and the implications for Nayib Bukele’s tightening grip on power.

  • Aug 13, 2021
  • 5:01 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Wants Us to Talk About Bitcoin

The reason remains unclear against an increasingly complex political and economic backdrop in El Salvador.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 1:26 PM

Bukele: Opposition Will Never Return to Power

El Faro confirmed that both the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and the High Command of the National Civil Police also stood for the oath and pledged their loyalty to the president.

  • Jun 3, 2021
  • 12:29 PM

Bukele’s Inner Circle Hit in State Department Corruption List

This list has no legal implications for those named, but the fact that the section on El Salvador was declassified sends a clear political message at a time of tense relations between the Bukele and Biden administrations.

  • May 18, 2021
  • 2:52 PM

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