The president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, congratulated Nayib Bukele on Sunday for his triumph in the presidential elections in El Salvador, and pleaded for the two countries to continue working together.
"My congratulations to the Salvadoran people and to @nayibbukele, the new president-elect of El Salvador, after a democratic and peaceful election party, we will continue working hand in hand with this very dear nation", Varela said in his Twitter account.
Bukele, a 37-year-old advertising entrepreneur, obtained more than 53% of the votes counted for 87.6% of the vote, a "definitive" and "irreversible" trend that makes him winner in the first round of the elections, said the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of El Salvador, Julio Olivo.
The ex-mayor of San Salvador was also congratulated this Sunday by the presidential candidate of the ruling Partido Panameñista, José Blandón, former mayor of the Panamanian capital.
"Congratulations to the new President of the sister Republic of El Salvador @nayibbukele for the support obtained! As Mayors, we agreed and signed a partnership between our two capital cities... Your victory is a new triumph for the municipalism!", wrote Blandón in his account of Twitter.
Blandón served as Mayor of Panama since 2014, when he was elected in the general elections of that year, but he left office to compete for the presidency of Panama in May next elections.
According to official data, Bukele, candidate of the Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (GANA) registered 1,254,207 votes (53.78%).
In second place was the candidate of the Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena), Carlos Calleja, with 737,412 votes (31.62%) and the candidate of the ruling Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), Hugo Martínez, came in third place with 321.274 votes (13.77%).
In a national radio and television joint broadcast, the president of the electoral body added this will be the final scrutiny, because the final one will begin 48 hours after the end of this preliminary, whose results he described as "irreversible". The final act will be give the "definitive results of the election". ACAN-EFE