Ernesto Muyshondt or Neto Muyshondt is the ex-mayor of San Salvador. Muyshondt was elected in 2018 to serve his first term as mayor of the most prestigious City Hall in the country. Muyshondt lost reelection on February 28, 2021, to Mario Duran.
Ernesto Muyshondt was born in San Salvador on August 30, 1975. Ernesto’s parents are Ernesto Muyshondt Parker and María Antonieta García Prieto de Muyshondt.
Ernesto’s father was one of the principal cotton producers, in El Salvador, in the 1980s, during the Salvadoran civil war.
Political Career of Ernesto Muyshondt
From an early age, Ernesto Muyshondt has been connected with the right-wing political party, ARENA. His family was close friends with Roberto D’Aubuisson, the original founder of the right-wing political party.
Throughout his life, Ernesto Muyshondt has been involved with ARENA in different positions. Muyshondt’s most prominent positions in Salvadoran politics has been as a deputy in the Legislative Assembly and now mayor of San Salvador.
Deputy or Congressmen from 2015 to 2018
Muyshondt served as a deputy of the Legislative Assembly in the legislative period of 2015 to 2018. His seat represented the department of San Salvador
Mayor of San Salvador. 2018 to 2021
IN the 2018 elections, Ernesto defeated Jackeline Rivera, the FMLN candidate, and became mayor of the country’s most prominent City Hall.
During his time as mayor of the capital, Ernesto has become one of the most popular politicians in El Salvador. According to many respected polls, only President Nayib Bukele is more popular than the mayor of the capital.
Accused of Alleged Gang Negotiations
In early 2020, Salvadoran prosecutor Raul Melara accused Ernesto Muyshondt, along with six others, of electoral fraud and illicit group association.
These accusations originated from the 2014 presidential campaign. Muyshondt allegedly met with gang members and paid them money to vote for Norman Quijano, the presidential candidate for the right-wing political party ARENA.
Quijano and ARENA lost the presidential elections in a second-round by a small margin to Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the FMLN.
Muyshondt does not deny that the meeting took place or that it gave money to gang members. There are videos where you can see the capital’s mayor talking with gang members and with cash in front of him.
However, Muyshondt and ARENA say that the money was not to pay for votes, but rather the money was for gang members to allow citizens to vote.
Because of the coronavirus in El Salvador pandemic, the trial process against Ernesto Muyshondt and the other defendants has been delayed; it is unclear as to when it will continue.
It cannot be denied that Muyshondt is an influential person in Salvadoran politics and in the political party ARENA.
Muyshondt is a very influential member within the right-wing political party and also a close ally of former President Alfredo Cristiani. The former mandatory Cristiani is one of the most influential people that ARENA has.