Bukele wins El Salvador presidency vowing to end corruption

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) – A youthful former mayor of the capital easily won El Salvador’s presidency, getting more votes than his three rivals combined to usher out the two parties that dominated politics for a quarter century in the crime-plagued Central America nation.

The Supreme Electoral Court declared Nayib Bukele the winner late Sunday, saying he had nearly 54 per cent of the votes, with about 90 per cent of ballots counted.

Carlos Callejas of the Nationalist Republican Alliance ended in a distant second at less than 32 per cent, while even farther back were former Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez of the currently governing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and a minor party candidate.

By surpassing the 50 per cent threshold, Bukele won outright and avoided the need for a March runoff against the number two finisher.

Presidential front-runner Nayib Bukele, of the Grand Alliance for National Unity, waves while accompanied by his wife Gabriela before giving a press conference in San Salvador, El Salvador. – AP