The Crypto Bro President

El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, had a mandate for change. He used it to build a police state and buy coin.

Nayib Bukele addresses severe flooding at a press conference in San Salvador, May 2020. In response to heavy rains, he issued a state-of-emergency decree — one of many he has since used to consolidate power.

Nayib Bukele could have had it all. In 2019, the millennial millionaire won El Salvador’s presidency with a decisive mandate before his fortieth birthday. Still popular in the polls, he controls all three branches of government in the tiny Central American nation at a moment of historically weak us hegemony and a fractured domestic opposition. […]

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