Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, fired five court justices and the country’s attorney general. The justices had said Bukele overstepped his authority, and the attorney general was investigating possible corruption.
Bukele’s next move? A tweet celebrating his actions.
The international community has condemned the power grab, but Bukele still maintains a 90% approval rating for his tough stance on gangs—similar to the Philipines Rodrigo Duterte.
What if a story told the rise and fall of a Latin American dictator? Like “The Godfather,” the idealistic young man (or woman) becomes elected to their country’s highest position, vowing to both themselves and the world that they will make lasting changes.
He comes from a wealthy family. His father, a successful businessman, sent him overseas for his education. His brother became a gang member and was killed because of gang violence.
His campaign focuses on the gang problem within the country. Before his inauguration, he is visiting his aging father and has to save him when gang members collect money he refuses to pay off. After he’s put in power, he deals with the gang problem humanely until gang violence erupts near his motorcade and a young boy, who reminds him of his brother, is accidentally murdered. Then, the gloves come off.
The other leadership members laugh when they hear about his aggressive plans for a raid, saying he won’t pull it off. (Similar to when Michael told the rest of the gang members that he would kill the cop and rival gang leader in the restaurant.)
Over time, we see him sink deeper into tyranny until, while accepting an international award for reducing the crime rate in his country, his hitmen kill every gang leader in the country.
His father finally realizes what his son has become, but by then, it’s too late.
A sequel could be about a group dedicated to overthrowing the dictator—similar to The Feast of the Goat, the story of the overthrow of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1961.