El Salvador's Combative New President Faces a Perilous Balancing Act
Jul 1, 2019 | 09:15 GMT
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- El Salvador's new president, Nayib Bukele, represents a break with the past. Changing the balance of Salvadoran politics will require a delicate touch.
- Lacking a legislative majority, and without the support of El Salvador's entrenched elites or the army, Bukele will need to operate in a cooperative manner. So far, he is showing little inclination to do so.
- Though he's burned a few bridges at home, aligning with the right foreign backers might allow Bukele to attract enough investment and maintain enough security to address El Salvador's fiscal and political concerns, but this is far from assured.