When the whole world is struggling with the crippling effect of Corona Virus Pandemic also known as COVID-19, a little Latin American country is not affected- most likely because of the heroic actions of it’s President.
Natib Bukele is the President of El Salvador and he is one of the few presidents that have been greatly praised and terribly criticized.
Bukele took a drastic step in March when he closed the country’s border before the country recorded any case of the Corona Virus Pandemic. He argued that El Salvador has to get ahead of the pandemic. This has generated much praise as well as criticism from the citizens.
After closing borders, Bukele put in place stringent quarantine measures but also earmarked food and money for impoverished Salvadorans.
He ordered the military to arrest people violating the new measures, sending thousands to government quarantine centers
His critics argue that he voluntarily violated the rights of the citizens of El Salvador while his supporters see him as a hero and a leader who knows when to act and why. They felt he saved the lives of thousands of Salvadorans.
“Bukele is very focused on getting done what he believes needs to get done, and has little patience for his critics, or for the institutions that oppose, slow, or limit his ability to act,” said Geoff Thale, president of the Washington Office on Latin America, in an email interview with CNN.
“He’s used social media to attack his critics, including journalists. He’s repeatedly attacked the National Assembly- which is dominated by the two traditional political parties, which are hostile to him.”
THE SOCIAL MEDIA PRESIDENT
Bukele, sure, is full of surprises. He is the first Salvadorian president to not belong to either of the country’s two major political parties. He has nearly two million followers on Twitter, and as expected, formed an ally with Donald Trump.
Basically, he changed the political climate.
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