Elections in El Salvador, Bukele declares himself the winner with 85% of the votes

“According to the numbers in our possession, we won the presidential elections with more than 85% of the votes and a minimum of 58 out of 60 deputies in the Assembly. The record of the entire democratic history of the world. God bless El Salvador.” This is the post about “X” through which the re-elected president Nayib Bukele reported the outcome of the election in the country.

The slow counting

The outcome of the vote would therefore have ensured an unprecedented second mandate, not foreseen by the Constitution, for Bukele and the Nuevas Ideas party with the same leader who claimed to lead “the first country in history with a single party in democracy and with a completely pulverized opposition”. Despite the data provided on social media, however, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) had counted just 31% of the votes.

The announcement from the balcony of the National Palace

Bukele, despite the slow vote, appeared from the balcony of the National Palace in the historic center of the capital, proclaiming himself the “absolute winner”. And posting the victory message on social media. “There is no polarization here and 85% of Salvadorans voted to follow the path we took in the first mandate in full freedom and full democracy,” he said. El Salvador, he added, “has gone from being the most insecure country in the world to the safest. Now wait to see what we will do in the next five years”. While the counting operations by the TSE continue, albeit very slowly, around midnight local time (7am Italian time), the data relating to the counting of the 31st were released, 49% of the votes cast in the presidential elections, with Bukele receiving 1,295,888 votes, followed by Manuel Flores (FMLN, left) with 110,244 votes and Joel Sánchez (Arena, right) with 96,700 votes. By disseminating these data, the Tse, however, did not provide preliminary statistics on the total number of voters and turnout.