Savior or strongman? El Salvador's millennial president defies courts and Congress on coronavirus response

Nayib Bukele on February 18, 2020 in San Salvador.

(CNN)Few world leaders have generated as much criticism and praise, often at the same time, for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic as El Salvador's Nayib Bukele.

Even though Bukele had been president for less than a year, in March he took the dramatic step of closing his country's border even before El Salvador reported a single case of coronavirus, arguing that the small Central American nation had to get ahead of the outbreak.
Some Salvadorans praise him for taking decisive action that may have saved his small Central American nation from the worst impacts of the coronavirus. Others say he is becoming a strongman who is violating his own country's constitution, most recently as he spars with the Supreme Court and National Assembly about how soon El Salvador will reopen.
    That Bukele, 38, is in office at all is still something of a surprise for many Salvadorans.