GANA El Salvador: Exploring the Grand Alliance for National Unity Political Party

By Karla Ramos  |  Jan 11th, 2022
GANA El Salvador
Grand Alliance for National Unity, GANA

Grand Alliance for National Unity, GANA is a right-wing Salvadoran political party established in May 2010. The party was created by ex-members of the right-wing political party ARENA. GANA is the official party of President Nayib Bukele.

After the February 28th, 2021 legislative elections, GANA is the second influential political party at the Legislative Assembly. Of the 84 Deputies, GANA has 15 of them, five on their own plus ten in coalition with the New Ideas political party. The GANA/NI coalition will have total control during the 2021 to 2024 legislative period.

Political Party deputies. 2021-2024 legislative period.

Name Department
Guillermo Gallegos San Salvador
Romeo Auerbach La Libertad
Juan Carlos Mendoza Santa Ana
Adelmo Rivas Sonsonate
Numan Salgado San Miguel

Officially, GANA is the political party that controls the Executive branch or presidency. Nayib Bukele, the current president, won the election under the Grand Alliance political party flag, even though he is the New Ideas political party’s founder.

Nayib Bukele was not allowed to run for president under the New Ideas party, so he was forced to run under a different flag, in this case, under the Grand Alliance.

Since Nayib Bukele won the Salvadoran presidential elections,the Grand Alliance for National Unity political party has position itself as a full supporter of all the president’s policies.

The creation of the political party GANA.

GANA began its formation after ARENA lost the presidential elections of 2009. The right-wing political party ARENA lost the presidency to the FMLN Mauricio Funes Cartagena. ARENA had controlled the executive branch since 1999.

GANA political party
Guillermo Gallagos at a political rally,

After the 2009 elections, fightings and blaming for the loss began within the ARENA party. Some of the members of ARENA decided to break away and start their own political movement.

The political party charter was enacted on January 16, 2010, and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal legalized GANA on May 18, 2010.