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El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, who has dubbed himself the “world’s coolest dictator,” was elected to a second term Sunday.
“Today, El Salvador has broken all the records of all the democracies in the world. Since democracies have existed, never has a project won with the quantity of votes that we have won today,” Bukele said in proclaiming victory Sunday night, according to CNN.
“El Salvador went from being the most unsafe (country) to the safest. Now in these next five years, wait to see what we are going to do,” Bukele said, according to Reuters.
Although the country’s constitution does not permit a president to be re-elected, the prohibition was little more than a speed bump on Bukele’s path.
“Everyone knows it is unconstitutional to re-elect the president, but what people want is security. They don’t care if it is unconstitutional, they just want to feel safe,” said Josue Galdamez, a businessman who backed Bukele.
With 70 percent of the votes cast, Bukele had 83 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times.
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