- Nayib Bukele, El Salvador’s current president known for his pro-Bitcoin stance, has officially declared his intention to run for re-election in the 2024 presidential race.
- Despite enjoying overwhelming public support and introducing innovative tech-friendly policies, Bukele’s re-election bid faces scrutiny due to constitutional concerns raised by critics.
El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, renowned for his advocacy of Bitcoin, has officially entered the race for the 2024 presidential election, seeking a second consecutive term. On October 26, Bukele received the formal nomination from his political party, sparking widespread discussions and attention from both supporters and critics.
Bukele’s Bold Bid for Continuity
“Five more years, five more and not one step back,”
Bukele proclaimed to thousands of his countrymen, underscoring his commitment to persist in his transformative agenda for El Salvador. Since his initial rise to power in 2019, Bukele and his party, Nueva Ideas, disrupted the longstanding two-party dominance of the Nationalist Republican Alliance and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMNLB).
🇸🇻| ÚLTIMA HORA: Al grito de “cinco más, cinco más y ni un paso atrás” Nayib Bukele da su discurso delante de miles de Salvadoreños luego de inscribir su candidatura presidencial para la reelección. “Necesitamos 5 años para seguir mejorando nuestro país.” pic.twitter.com/ApaP8yyQBm
— Eduardo Menoni (@eduardomenoni) October 27, 2023
Despite his soaring popularity and the backing of approximately 70% of the voting populace, Bukele’s eligibility for re-election has been a point of contention. Critics, including El Salvadoran lawyer Alfonso Fajardo, argue that the nation’s constitution explicitly forbids immediate presidential re-election. Fajardo emphasized this constitutional provision on the same day of Bukele’s nomination, reminding the public of the legal barriers to consecutive terms.
Nayib Bukele is running for reelection in El Salvador despite the fact that it’s prohibited in 7 articles of the constitution. The constitution drafted after our peace accords, after our bloody civil war. This is unconstitutional. https://t.co/ordgib7WMq
— Daniel Alvarenga🍉 (@puchicadanny) October 27, 2023
However, in a pivotal turn of events in September 2021, El Salvador’s Supreme Court issued a ruling that appeared to pave the way for presidents to seek immediate re-election, providing a legal basis for Bukele’s current campaign.
Navigating Controversy and Innovation
Bukele’s presidency has been marked by an array of tech-friendly policies, aimed at rejuvenating El Salvador’s economy. Notably, his administration achieved global attention by making Bitcoin legal tender, a move unparalleled by any other nation. Despite facing a legal challenge from FMNLB regarding the constitutionality of the Bitcoin adoption program, Bukele’s government forged ahead, implementing the policy in September 2021.
Bukele’s efforts to bolster El Salvador’s security have also played a significant role in his popularity. His aggressive campaign against the MS-13 gang resulted in a dramatic 92.6% reduction in the country’s homicide rate, transforming El Salvador from one of the world’s most dangerous countries to one of the safest in Latin America. However, this success has not been without controversy, as the United Nations and various human rights groups have raised concerns over potential human rights violations.
With the presidential election scheduled for February 4, 2024, all eyes are on El Salvador as Bukele’s re-election bid adds another chapter to the nation’s complex political narrative.