”Yes, we did it! Yes, we did it!”
Happy voters shot fireworks, beat on drums and danced outside the hotel in the capital city of San Salvador where Nayib Bukele was just waiting for the election results.
were numbered, 37-year-old Bukele received 54 per cent of them. By then, it had already motkandidaterna Hugo Martínez from the ruling left party FMLN, and Carlos Calleja from the Arena acknowledged themselves defeated.
"I will call the newly elected president and wish him good luck when he meets the challenges in this country," says Calleja, which was provisionally received 32 percent of the votes.
the Election result means that El Salvador for the first time in almost 30 years is governed by a president who does not represent one of the two traditional ruling parties, Arena or the FMLN.
Bukele, who represents the party Gana, during his campaign given promises to increase investment in the education sector and combat corruption in the country. In order to get through his policy he must, however, cooperate with the Arena, which has a majority in parliament.
for the newly elected president. El Salvador is one of the world's most violent countries, with 51 murders per 100,000 residents per year. The country is plagued by gang violence, according to the authorities, is behind most of the 3.340 murders reported last year.
" It's frankly scary to go out alone on the street. You never know what can happen, " says förstagångsväljaren Gabriela Solorzano at a polling station in San Salvador.
the Choice here, however, have gone quiet. Around 23.000 police officers and 15,000 soldiers worked with the security when about 5.2 million people went and voted in El Salvador's sixth election since the twelve-year-old civil war ended in 1992.