For two years now, Nayib Bukele has won the presidential elections in El Salvador
. The 39-year-old political leader became the country's first magistrate with promises of making a "different politics."
Bukele's arrival to the presidency coincides with the fall in popularity of ARENA and FMLN, traditional parties that had governed the country for the last three decades.
Several analysts agree that Nayib's triumph is due to the fact that the population was tired of the traditional Salvadoran politicians' ways of governing.
On February 28, 2021, legislative and municipal elections
were held in the country, but the competition to win spaces in the Assembly
is what most attracted the attention, since during 2020 Nayib Bukele
maintained a tense relationship with the legislative body, an institution that concentrates a great deal of power.
According to preliminary counts, it is estimated that Nuevas Ideas could monopolize 56 seats, followed by ARENA with 14 or 15 deputies and FMLN with only 4 legislators. The other parties would have 5 or less representatives.
The importance of Nuevas Ideas winning 56 of the 84 seats in the Assembly, is that with that amount of deputies the government
would have a qualified majority.
For example, for the approval of laws, the votes of at least 43 of the 84 deputies are needed, while to elect the magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Attorney General, the magistrates of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and to approve international loans, a qualified majority of 56 votes is required.
The popularity that Bukele has gained in the last years was determinant for Nuevas Ideas to achieve this electoral triumph. Oscar Picardo, from the Francisco Gavidia University, told Laprensagrafica.com
that "... people voted for Bukele, people did not vote for the candidates of Nuevas Ideas, people said they were going to vote against Arena and the FMLN. The president was decisive in the outcome of the elections because he is a powerful figure who conveys a lot'.
Political scientist Álvaro Artiga, told Elmundo.sv
that Nuevas Ideas "... has two paths with all the legislative power: a positive legacy for the country or a route to Nicaragua."
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that allows it to have a qualified majority in the Legislative Assembly.