On 31 May 2024, authorities announced that they foiled a plot to detonate explosives across several locations in El Salvador on 1 June, the day of President Nayib Bukele’s inauguration for his second presidential term. Security personnel seized explosives in multiple locations, including in Guazapa municipality on the outskirts of San Salvador. Also, on 30 May, police officers arrested several members of the Salvadoran Insurrection Brigade, a group made up of former guerillas who are allegedly connected to the leftist Farabundo Mart√≠ National Liberation Front (FMLN). Authorities suspect that the group intended to detonate explosives at fuel stations, supermarkets, and government buildings.

Analyst Comment: In February 2024, incumbent President Nayib Bukele of the New Ideas (NI) party, secured an unprecedented second consecutive term with 83% of the total vote. Bukele, who was expelled from FMLN in 2017, continues to maintain high approval ratings amid his hardline security strategy that has led to the imprisonment of approximately 75,000 suspected gang members.