On February 3, 2019, 37-year-old former mayor of San Salvador Nayib Bukele – the charismatic, anti-establishment, fringe-party candidate – won 53 percent of the vote in El Salvador’s presidential election. He takes office in June. The challenge confronting Bukele is stark, especially when it comes to the rule of law. But there are concrete things the international community can do to help the new president and his citizens.
The Basel Institute on Governance and the International Bar Association (IBA) have published a study on typologies of corruption in the judiciary in the context of the IBA's Judicial Integrity Initiative.
One of the key findings of the study is that while bribery is particularly prevalent when the rule of law is considered weak, undue political influence as a form of corruption occurs in countries across the board regardless of governance structures.