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Salvadoran president calls himself “dictator” in apparent joke

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele speaks at a press conference in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 6, 2021. REUTERS / Jose Cabezas

SAN SALVADOR, Sept. 20 (Reuters) – Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele on Twitter proclaimed himself a “dictator” of the Central American country, in an apparent joke that did little to allay concerns about its concentration growing power.

Bukele, 40, a seasoned and often provocative social media user, changed his Twitter profile Sunday night to read “Dictator of El Salvador”, in what appears to be an attempt to mock critics who accuse him of have autocratic behavior. trends.

The office of Bukele, a staunch supporter of Bitcoin who, according to opinion polls, is one of the most popular leaders in the Americas, did not respond to a request for comment.

Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of the Americas for human rights group Amnesty International and critic of Bukele, said her use of “mocking language” showed the president’s contempt for those who “question or criticize him for constructively, “and urged him to build bridges rather than court controversy on Twitter.

Bukele’s administration came under criticism from the United States this month after recently appointed Salvadoran Supreme Court justices by his party ruled the president could run for a second consecutive term, which Washington considered unconstitutional.

Last year, Bukele, who has nearly 3 million Twitter followers, caused a stir by sending troops to the National Assembly to help pass law and order in this impoverished country of about 6 , 5 million inhabitants.

Reporting by Nelson Renteria; edited by Richard Pullin

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