El Salvador’s President declares himself world’s ‘coolest dictator’

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El Salvador's President declares himself world's 'coolest dictator'

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has declared himself the world’s “coolest dictator.”

The 40-year-old, who has nearly 3 million followers on Twitter, had initially changed his Twitter bio Sunday to proclaim himself the “dictator” of the Central American country.

Bukele then upgraded his self-proclaimed status Tuesday by changing his profile to say: “The coolest dictator in the world.”

The president has come under criticism of late regarding accusations of autocratic tendencies and concerns about his increasing concentration of power.

Bukele’s administration has come under fire from the U.S. in recent weeks after his party fired five of the country’s Supreme Court judges and filled their spots with friendlier replacements.

The newly appointed judges ruled this month that Bukele could seek a second consecutive term by tossing aside what had long been interpreted as a constitutional ban on reelection.

The U.S. State Department put the five justices on the U.S. Undemocratic and Corrupt Actors list Monday, and revoked their U.S. visas.

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele twitter bio
The president has come under criticism of late regarding accusations of autocratic tendencies.
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Bukele said the decision to put the Salvadoran justices on the list was “pure politics and the lowest form of interventionism.”

“We are nobody’s back yard,” Bukele tweeted.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jean Manes, the top U.S. diplomat in El Salvador, told local media Tuesday she sees “a decline in democracy” in the country.

It came after thousands of protesters took to the streets in El Salvador last week to protest Bukele’s power grabs and his controversial decision to adopt bitcoin as its legal currency alongside the US dollar.

Demonstrators hold a sign that reads "No to the dictatorship" during a demonstration against President Nayib Bukele
Demonstrators hold a sign that reads “No to the dictatorship” during a demonstration against President Nayib Bukele in San Salvador, El Salvador.
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