El Salvador President Bukele Claims Presidential Election Victory Amid Partial Vote Count

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has prematurely claimed a sweeping victory in the presidential election before the announcement of official results. While early results indicate a significant lead, human rights groups have raised concerns over the aggressive methods used to address violent crime in the country, including the arrest of tens of thousands of individuals during a state of exception.

  • El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele claims victory in the presidential election prior to the release of official results.
  • Early partial results show Bukele with a substantial lead over his nearest challenger, with estimates of receiving around 85% of the vote.
  • Bukele’s party also appears to have won a majority in the Legislative Assembly, claiming all but two seats according to his statements.
  • El Salvador has experienced a significant reduction in the murder rate, reaching a 30-year low.
  • The Bukele administration has implemented a state of exception to combat the MS13 and 18th Street gangs, resulting in the arrest of approximately 75,000 individuals.
  • Human rights groups criticize the state of exception, alleging that many of those arrested have no clear gang affiliations.
  • The population has shown support for Bukele’s tough anti-crime measures despite the human rights concerns.

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