Mexico City, 21 September 2021 (dpa/MIA) – President Nayib Bukele has updated his Twitter profile with a new description of himself: “Dictator of El Salvador.”
Bukele seems to have ironically adopted the moniker used by the opposition, which says he is putting the Central American country on the path to dictatorship with his systematic disregard for separation of powers.
Protests recently erupted regarding his decision to make El Salvador the first country in the world to adopt the cryptocurrency bitcoin as legal tender.
Bukele uses Twitter a lot, including to give instructions to his ministers.
Since the birth of his daughter in 2019, the 40-year-old leader’s bio had read “Layla’s papa.”
After becoming El Salvador‘s youngest-ever president in June 2019, he had described himself on Twitter as the “best-looking and coolest president in the whole wide world.”
He won on an anti-establishment, tough on crime platform. Making appearances in jeans and baseball caps, social media savvy Bukele appealed to young voters and others distrustful of traditional politics.
But critics say that within months of his election victory Bukele had taken an autocratic turn.
In February 2020, he sent military troops to march on parliament to pressure lawmakers to approve his law enforcement funding request.
Earlier this year the Legislative Assembly, in which Bukele’s New Ideas party has the majority, replaced the members of the Supreme Court with judges seen as close to the president.
Those judges ruled this month that a president can serve two consecutive terms, opening the door for Bukele to run again in 2024. Previously there had been a mandatory pause of 10 years between terms.