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  El Salvador's President Jokes That He's a Dictator. But Maybe He Is?
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 31, 2021 11:48pm
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AuthorBryan Avelar and Nathaniel Janowitz
News DateThursday, January 28, 2021 11:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Donald Trump may be out of office and kicked off social media, but other world leaders are still finding ways to set the internet on fire.

On January 26, El Salvador's 39-year-old President Nayib Bukele sent local Twitter into a tailspin when he briefly changed his profile picture to an image of Sacha Baron Cohen from the movie The Dictator, where the English actor plays, unsurprisingly, an authoritarian dictator.

While the joke may seem harmless to outsiders, within the country it came on the heels of a fierce debate about the abuse of power by a Bukele ally against a female political rival of the president’s, and controversial comments about the extension of the presidential term.

It's not the first time that Bukele joked on social media about being an onscreen tyrant — after firing dozens of public officials when he entered office in 2019 he tweeted the word "DRACARYS" that is used by a Game of Thrones ruler to order her dragons to burn everything in their path. But the recent tweet was especially worrying to onlookers.
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