Ernesto Muyshondt

San Salvador Nationalist Republican Alliance Legislative Assembly of El Salvador

Ernesto Muyshondt
(Ernesto Muyshondt) El alcalde de San Salvador se interesa por las políticas de movilidad de Madrid.jpg
Muyshondt in 2018
Mayor of San Salvador
Assumed office
May 1, 2018
Preceded byNayib Bukele
Member of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador for San Salvador
In office
May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2018
Personal details
Born (1975-08-30) August 30, 1975 (age 45)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Political partyNationalist Republican Alliance
Spouse(s)Karla Belismelis de Muyshondt
EducationJosé Matías Delgado University

Ernesto Luis Muyshondt García-Prieto (born August 30, 1975 San Salvador) is a Salvadoran businessman, politician and member of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) party. He has served as the Mayor of San Salvador, the capital and largest city in El Salvador, since May 1, 2018. He was previously a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador from 2015 until 2018.

In 2017, incumbent San Salvador Mayor Nayib Bukele was expelled from the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party. In response, Bukele announced that he would seek a new political party and run for president in the 2019 Salvadoran presidential election. [1] The political upheaval came less than six months before the 2018 Salvadoran municipal elections, when voters would chose a new San Salvador mayor.[1]

The right-leaning Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) selected Muyshondt, a deputy in the Legislative Assembly, as its candidate.[1] The ruling FMLN, which had held the mayor's office until it expelled Nayib Bukele from the party, chose Jackeline Rivera, a National Assembly deputy from Cuscatlán Department and former child soldier during the Salvadoran Civil War, as its candidate for mayor.[1] Observers believed that Muyshondt had the edge in the race.[1] Muyshondt easily defeated Rivera in the mayoral election on March 4, 2018.[2] Muyshondt received 88,194 votes, or 61.2%, while Rivera placed a distant second with 39,736 votes, or 27.61%.[3]

Muyshondt was inaugurated Mayor of San Salvador on May 1, 2018.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Leidloff, Anne (October 30, 2017). "El Salvador: expelled by the FMLN, San Salvador's mayor will run for president". Latin America Bureau. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "FMLN goes down to defeat in El Salvador". El Salvador Perspectives. March 5, 2018. Archived from the original on March 11, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Muyshondt ganó elección con 88 mil 194 votos". La Prensa Gráfica. March 14, 2018. Archived from the original on January 15, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Benitez, Beatriz (May 1, 2018). "Ernesto Muyshondt asume como alcalde de San Salvador". La Prensa Gráfica. Archived from the original on February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.