Associate professor and scholar of comparative politics and violence Mneesha Gellman spoke with the Latin America Advisor about El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele’s reelection and what that means for the country.
After decades of gang domination, voters were willing to accept gross human rights violations in exchange for increased security for some. Votes for Bukele confirmed Salvadorans’ willingness to maintain the state of exception, which is likely to continue indefinitely and has already established authoritarian rule. The façade of democracy has fallen in El Salvador.
Read Gellman’s full commentary on the Latin American Advisor.
Gellman previously wrote about the election for The Conversation.