Who else is running for president in El Salvador?
El Salvador will hold presidential elections in February 2024. On the ballot will be Nayib Bukele, the current president, who is running for re-election under the banner of his party Nuevas Ideas, despite a clear prohibition on second consecutive terms in the Salvadoran constitution.
But there will be candidates from other parties running for the presidency as well. Here is a rundown on those candidates. Other than Manuel Flores, the candidate from the FMLN, none of the candidates have significant prior political experience. The candidates from Nuestro Tiempo and ARENA reside in the United States, and there is one woman running, for the first time in thirty years.
The presidential candidate from ARENA is Joel Sánchez. He is a Salvadoran businessman residing in Dallas, with no previous experience in politics. His candidacy was promoted by the civil society group Resistencia Ciudadana and the right wing party will now have this member of the Salvadoran diaspora as its candidate. Interview with Joel Sanchez by FOCOS.
The left wing party FMLN is nominating Manuel Flores. As a long time FMLN politician, Flores has previously been both a mayor in El Salvador and a deputy in the Legislative Assembly. He was a lead promoter of relations between El Salvador and China.