President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador obtained a special license allowing him to temporarily step aside from his presidential role to run for a second term in the country’s next elections on February 4, 2024. This decision is in line with a 2021 Supreme Court ruling and constitutional interpretation, specifying that Bukele can only seek a second term if he leaves the presidency six months before the start of the next presidential term. , starting June 1, 2024.
Bukele’s safety was a major concern for many Salvadorans, especially given his tough approach in fighting criminal gangs, making him a potential target for these illicit groups. Responding to these concerns, the Legislature approved his presidential security package.
In the meantime, Claudia Juana Rodriguez de Guevara was named president-elect. She will serve as interim president until June 1, 2024. Rodríguez de Guevara has a long-standing professional relationship with Bukele, having served in various positions alongside him throughout his career. Her most recent positions include that of private secretary to the presidency and president of the board of directors of the Municipal works department.
Despite his extensive experience working with Bukele, Rodríguez de Guevara maintains a subtle public profile with minimal presence on social media platforms. As guardian, major policy changes are unlikely to be made during her term. His position on important issues, such as the country’s Bitcoin policy, remains confidential due to the temporary nature of his role. However, given her alignment with Bukele’s past approaches, she is expected to maintain continuity with the direction of the current administration.