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Belize congratulates El Salvador on peaceful election

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Through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Government of Belize officially congratulated the people of El Salvador for the peaceful process of their recent presidential election. The election held on February 4th saw millions of Salvadorans voting in and from outside of El Salvador, including in Belize, where residents with connections with that country also voted.
Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Honourable Francis Fonseca, congratulated Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele in his re-election on Monday, February 12th, in the Capital City of Belmopan. Fonseca hosted El Salvador’s Ambassador to Belize, Her Excellency Graciela Perez, at his ministry’s headquarters in the capital city. Fonseca acknowledged the vibrant presence of the Salvadoran diaspora in Belize and encouraged the exchanges in culture, education, trade, health, tourism, security, and agriculture between both countries.
During the presidential elections, the Salvadoran government opened a polling area in Belmopan. Members of the Salvadoran diaspora from across Belize reached this voting area to cast their votes. Some people from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, with Salvadoran roots, made the trip to the mainland to participate in the electoral event. Some island voters shared that what has happened to El Salvador is unbelievable. They said President Bukele turned the country around and is now one of the safest and most modern in the region.
The results of the elections saw President Bukele re-elected with a commanding mandate of almost 90% of the total votes. Bukele became the first president to be re-elected in over 100 years, as due to the El Salvador Constitution, re-election is constitutionally barred. However, Bukele secured permission from the Supreme Court ruling to seek re-election. According to reports, this was also due to Bukele’s approval ratings being above 80% in many polls because of his work in reducing crime, cracking down on gangs, and improving the national economy.
Bukele’s resounding victory will see him as head of the country for another five years alongside his Vice President Felix Ulloa. Bukele will officially take office for his second term in June of this year.

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