Polls close in El Salvador with incumbent Nayib Bukele set for victory

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele delivers a speech after casting his vote in San Salvador on February 4, 2024. (Marvin RECINOS / AFP)
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele delivers a speech after casting his vote in San Salvador on February 4, 2024. (Marvin RECINOS / AFP)

Polls closed in El Salvador after 10 hours of voting Sunday with incumbent President Nayib Bukele’s victory all but confirmed thanks to his no-holds-barred war on gangs that has slashed homicide rates in a violence-weary nation.

Bukele, who has Palestinian ancestry, holds approval ratings hovering around 90 percent, polls as Latin America’s most popular leader and is expected to expand his hold over the legislative assembly.

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