Son of Imam hailing from Palestine becomes youngest President of El Salvador

London: Nayib Bukele, who hails from the occupied Palestinian territories, won El Salvador’s presidential elections. He got more votes than his three rivals combined to usher out the two parties that dominated politics for a quarter century in the crime-plagued Central America nation.

According to International Middle East Media Center, Bukele was born in 1981 to a family which had migrated to Latin America from occupied Jerusalem in the early 20th century. Bukele’s father Armando Bukele Kattán is a prominent imam in San Salvador. In 2015 Bukele contested the election and was elected as the mayor of San Salvador.

As he grabbed nearly 54 per cent of the votes, the Supreme Electoral Court declared Nayib Bukele the winner late Sunday. His victory was celebrated in the streets by a jubilant crowd in the capital of San Salvador. El Salvador has a population of just 6.5 million people.