El Salvador named its new interim president while Bukele seeks re-election

The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukeletook a leave of absence to prepare for the February elections, which polls show that he will win by an overwhelming majority.

Lawmakers approved Thursday night Claudia Rodríguez, a close ally of Bukele, as interim presidentCongress said in a statement on its website.

El Salvador: Bukele’s government imprisoned 1.6% of its population, three times more than the United States

Bukele, 42 years old, is popular with voters for having reduced crime by imprison tens of thousands of suspected gang members. But his decision to overturn constitutional limits to seek a second five-year term has been criticized by some human rights groups, which they say undermines democracy and the rule of law.

If Bukele wins, His second term will begin in June.

Translated by Malu Poveda.

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