Bukele will receive credentials on February 29 for his election triumph

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By Juan Francisco García

El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) agreed on the official date on which it will hand over the credentials of its electoral triumph to President Nayib Bukele and his vice president.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of El Salvador agreed to hand over the credentials of its electoral triumph to President Nayib Bukele and his vice president, Felix Ulloa, on February 29, despite the fact that it was scheduled to take place on Monday, February 26.

“This day in the Collegiate Agency we agreed to hand over on Thursday, February 29 of this year the credentials to the citizens elected as president and vice president of the Republic for the period 2024-2029, in a solemn act at the National Theatre,” published Judge Noel Orellana in X.

A press link from the TSE recently indicated that the delivery would take place on 26 February, but the agency had not formalized or denied such information.

Orellana himself published on his profile of the social network X that they planned to deliver “the respective credentials to the citizen Nayib Bukele and Felix Ulloa, elected as president and vice president of the Republic on Monday, February 26.

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The TSE has not communicated the reasons for the postponement of the delivery of credentials, which the electoral calendar stipulated was made between 19 and 26 February.

On February 18, the TSE ratified the victory of Nayib Bukele, of the ruling party New Ideas (NI), in the presidential elections of February 4, which gave the current president 84.6% of the valid votes, more than 2.7 million.

Bukele thus became the first president to be re-elected in El Salvador since the country entered democracy, despite the constitutional ban on immediate re-election.

Before Bukele had done so by dictator and military Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, who ruled between 1931 and 1944.

For his part, the leftist Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) obtained 204, 167 votes (6.40%) and the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) achieved 177 thousand 881 (5.57%).

6.2 million citizens were called to the elections on 4 February, with a level of participation of 52.60%.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in Prensa Libre