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Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 9:19 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: El Salvador, in its elections held on Sunday, elected the youngest president in the country’s history, 37-year-old Nayib Bukele. Bukele’s election is also noteworthy because unlike his predecessors, he represents none of the two major parties which have dominated politics in the country.

Bukele, who is also of Palestinian descent, was the former mayor of San Salvador and promised to fight corruption. He presented himself as an alternative to the country’s two main political parties: the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) and the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) which became the ruling party in 2009.

Polls predicted that Bukele was poised to win the presidential election. More than half of Salvadorans cast ballots for Bukele, ensuring that a runoff wouldn’t be needed. Bukele, who was dubbed the “millennial mayor” of San Salvador, won around 54 per cent in the election to secure the presidency of this small Central American nation, representing the right-wing party known as Grand Alliance for National Unity. That was after being expelled from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party and then prevented from forming his own party.

His victory was not only notable in that he became the first ruler to end a two-party system that had presided over the country since the end of its civil war in 1992, but he became its second-ever leader of Palestinian descent after Tony Sacca, who led from 2004 to 2009.

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