El Salvador: President Bukele declares himself winner

President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele

© APA | President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele

# 05 February 2024 09:34 (UTC +04:00)

President Nayib Bukele announced that he had won El Salvador's national elections two hours after polls closed and before any official results were declared, APA reports citing Deutsche Welle.

"According to our numbers we have won the presidential election with more than 85 percent of votes," Bukele said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Amid fireworks, hundreds of Salvadorans thronged the central square in capital San Salvador to celebrate the expected reelection of Bukele — before electoral officials announced any results.

China also congratulated Bukele "for the historic victory in these elections" with a post on X by the Chinese Embassy in San Salvador.