President of El Salvador Deputy Bokeel, Self-described as “the best dictator in the world”, global observers hailed Sunday’s re-election victory as a landslide.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken issued a statement on Monday congratulating Boeckel on the win.

“The United States appreciates the work of the election observers and looks forward to working with President-elect Bockel and Vice President-elect Felix Allo after they are inaugurated in June,” Blanken said.

“The United States values ​​a strong relationship with us. People of El SalvadorForged over 160 years and built on shared values, regional ties and family ties. Events in El Salvador have a direct impact on US interests at home and abroad. Only by working together can we achieve our full potential and overcome the greatest obstacles in our hemisphere and globally,” Blanken said. “Looking forward, America will continue to achieve good governance, inclusive economic prosperity. , will continue to prioritize fair trial guarantees, and human rights. Under our root cause strategy in El Salvador.”

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Bokel and his wife celebrate the election results.

El Salvador’s Vice President Nayeb Buquel, accompanied by his wife Gabriela Rodriguez, waves to supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace in San Salvador after polls close on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Moses Castillo)

Reuters reported that provisional election results, available on Monday morning, showed Bockel with 83% support, far ahead of the 7% for his closest rival, the far-left Farabondo Martí National Liberation Front, on just 70%. With a vote count of more than

Bokel had already declared himself the winner before the official results were announced, saying he had won more than 85 percent of the vote.

According to preliminary results from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, votes were counted from 31% of polling stations late on Sunday.

“All together, the opposition was eliminated,” Bockel said, standing with his wife on the balcony of the National Palace on Sunday, according to Reuters. “El Salvador went from the most unsafe (country) to the safest country. Now in these next five years, wait and see what we’re going to do.”

His New Ideas party is also likely to win nearly all 60 seats in the legislature, according to Reuters.

Buckel and wife wave to voters.

El Salvador’s Vice President Nayeb Buquel and his wife Gabriela Rodriguez wave after voting in San Salvador, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Moses Castillo)

Bockel made it clear that he expects the newly elected Legislative Assembly to continue expanding the special powers it gained from March 2022 to deal with the country’s most feared groups.

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Bakil's supporters celebrate the victory.

El Salvador’s President Nayeb Buquel addresses supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in San Salvador. (AP Photo/Moses Castillo)

“We are not replacing democracy because El Salvador never had a democracy,” he said. “This is the first time in history that El Salvador has a democracy. And I’m not saying that, people are saying that.”

Under a state of emergency approved in March 2022, the government has arrested more than 76,000 people – 1% of the Central American country’s population. It has sparked accusations of widespread human rights abuses and a lack of due process, but violence has declined in what was considered one of the world’s most dangerous countries just a few years ago. And the people of Salvador were honored to be able to take back their neighborhoods that had long been controlled by gangs.

Bokel's supporter in the president's mask

Supporters of Salvadoran President Nayeb Buquel celebrate election results in downtown San Salvador, Sunday, February 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Moses Castillo)

El Salvador’s constitution prohibits re-election. Following his party’s victory in the 2021 legislative elections, the newly elected Congress purged the country’s constitutional court and replaced the judges who had ruled that Bukit could run for a second term. are Critics say it has eroded the country’s system of checks and balances.

Sara Levin, 48, was among those who made it to El Salvador. First gang-controlled cities to celebrate. When she was 23, Leon risked her life and moved from El Salvador to the United States with her 6-year-old daughter. She returned to her homeland in October due to the state of emergency and hopes her daughter will return.

“If gangs saw a pretty girl, they kidnapped her, raped her and killed her,” he told The Associated Press. “I didn’t want this to happen to my daughter.”

“He’s a genius,” he said of Buckel, when asked what his administration meant. “If he is a dictator, can we have another 100 years of dictators.”

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