The campaign season for the February 4th elections officially commenced in El Salvador this Tuesday, setting the stage for a pivotal political battle. President Nayib Bukele, who seeks a controversial re-election, is at the center of attention as the country gears up for the electoral process.
Announcing the commencement of the electoral campaign, Dora Martínez, the head of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, stated on Twitter, “Today officially marks the start of the electoral campaign for candidates for the presidency and vice presidency of the Republic, spanning a period of 4 months.”
The ruling party, Nuevas Ideas, wasted no time in rallying its supporters, urging them to vote for “N for Nayib Bukele. Let’s go for it.” Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Congress, Ernesto Castro, expressed confidence in their “Operation 2024,” emphasizing faith in God and the Salvadoran people to continue the country’s transformation.
Seven parties will compete in the elections, which will also decide 60 members of the unicameral Congress. Over six million Salvadorans are eligible to cast their votes.
Presidential candidate Manuel “El Chino” Flores of the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) appealed to the Salvadoran people for their trust, aiming to transform the nation and enhance its competitiveness.
Bukele, 42, announced his intention to seek re-election in September 2022, triggering controversy after the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court cleared the way for his second term, sparking debates due to constitutional constraints.
Despite criticisms from human rights organizations and the Catholic Church regarding his strategies for combating criminal gangs, Bukele enjoys significant support, with approval ratings reaching 90%. His re-election campaign is poised to be a significant factor in shaping El Salvador’s political landscape in the coming months.