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El Salvador's Bukele wins supermajority in Congress after painstaking vote count

Feb. 19, 2024 21:06 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele and his New Ideas party have won the supermajority the leader needs in Congress to govern as he pleases, electoral officials announced Monday. The announcement comes after a painstaking vote counting process, which...

The president jailed 1% of El Salvador's population. Their children are paying the consequences

Feb. 09, 2024 22:49 PM EST

SANTA ANA, El Salvador (AP) — Tears welled in Alex's eyes and he pressed his head into his hands as he thought about more than a year of birthdays and holidays without his mother, who was swept up by El Salvador's police as she walked to work in a clothing factory. “I feel very...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 09, 2024 00:04 AM EST

Feb. 2 – 8, 2024 Deadly wildfires devastated the Chilean city of Viña del Mar, burning homes to the ground, flipping cars and leaving scores of dead and missing people. The South American nation also mourned its two-time former President Sebastián Piñera who died in a helicopter...

El Salvador opposition warns it may ask to nullify congressional election results

Feb. 07, 2024 20:20 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — As El Salvador's electoral body begins a vote-by-vote count of last week's election results, the political opposition warned Wednesday they could ask to nullify results of the legislative elections due to irregularities. No one questions the victory of highly...

El Salvador's Nayib Bukele takes aim at critics in looking ahead to 2nd presidential term

Feb. 05, 2024 16:09 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele is savoring what appears to be a landslide reelection victory, and is railing against his international critics and the press. The populist leader has declared himself a harbinger of democracy, not the case study for 21st...

'Coolest dictator' to 'philosopher king,' Nayib Bukele's path to reelection in El Salvador

Feb. 05, 2024 15:48 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele has called himself the “world’s coolest dictator” or as his X profile read on election day, the “Philosopher King.” Now he’ll likely have five more years to provoke, surprise and raise concerns, after appearing to win a...

Salvadorans celebrating expected reelection of 'world's coolest dictator' as their president

Feb. 05, 2024 00:03 AM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadorans packed the capital's central square Sunday evening to celebrate the expected reelection of Nayib Bukele as president even before any official results were announced. With soaring approval ratings and virtually no competition, Nayib...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 02, 2024 00:09 AM EST

Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2024 Argentine lawmakers continued the debate on the reform package that President Javier Milei considers key to the success of his economic program, as protesters and police clashed outside the Congress building. El Salvador’s president has...

El Salvador's Bukele has everyone's attention as he seeks reelection in spite of the constitution

Feb. 01, 2024 00:07 AM EST

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — Love him or hate him, all eyes are on Nayib Bukele. To many, El Salvador’s president is a national hero who took on the country's violent gangs with an unrelenting hand. To others, the populist is a 21st century autocrat who has committed mass human rights...

El Salvador VP acknowledges mistakes in war on gangs but says country is 'not a police state'

Jan. 30, 2024 21:36 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — El Salvador’s government "made mistakes” in its war against the country’s gangs, but has never undermined the country’s democracy to consolidate power, according to the man likely to be reelected vice president. Félix Ulloa, temporarily on leave as El...