Former San Salvador mayor wins El Salvador’s presidential elections

Nayib Bukele emerged victorious Sunday in El Salvador’s presidential elections defeating main rival Carlos Calleja of the conservative Nation Republican Alliance (ARENA) and ruling left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN).

Former San Salvador mayor wins El Salvador's presidential elections

Bukele was leading with 53.4 percent in the preliminary results. He called supporters to celebrate in San Salvador’s historic centre Morazan Plaza saying they have made history.

The media savvy former mayor of San Salvador added, “At this moment, we can announce with complete certainty that we have won the presidency of El Salvador in the first round.”

To avoid runoff a candidate requires at least 50 percent of votes. Calleja was second with 31.8 percent votes followed with Martinez with 14 percent.

The 37-year-old will take office on June 1.

According to human rights ombudsman Raquel Caballero the polls were smooth and no incident was recorded in the electoral process.

However, electoral commission Julio Olivo Granadino said holding press conference before closing of polls was election campaign violation.

Bukele addressed to the press urging voters to cast ballots before the results were finally declared by electoral commission.

The new president will inherit ailing economy and hostile attitude of United States.

President Trump had earlier said to be cutting aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Paul Linus