Violence and graft to test El Salvador's maverick new president

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Violence and graft to test El Salvador's maverick new presidentEl Salvador's maverick new president takes office on Saturday pledging to battle violence, poverty, corruption and mass migration to the United States - but will have to do all that without a congressional majority. Nayib Bukele, a 37-year-old former mayor of San Salvador, ended 30 years of bipartisan rule by the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) and the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) with his election victory in February. 'His strength is that he has awakened a lot of popular enthusiasm and that's what he's counting on,' said Jose Maria Tojeira, a political analyst and director of the Human Rights Institute of the Central American University in San Salvador.


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