03. Carlos Calleja

Juan Carlos Calleja Hakker (born February 11, 1976) is a Salvadoran businessman and politician. He is currently vice president of Grupo Calleja,[1] owner of the largest supermarket chain (Super Selectos) in El Salvador– and former candidate for President of El Salvador for the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) for the presidential election of 2019.

Calleja has been affiliated with the conservative Alianza Republicana Nacionalista party (ARENA) since 2013, at which time his name was mentioned as presidential in several affiliate circles for the 2014 elections; although, in the end the candidate for said elections would be the then-mayor of San Salvador Norman Quijano, who was defeated by the candidate of the left-wing FMLN, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, in the disputed second round of elections.

He formalized his candidacy for the 2019 Salvadoran presidential election on November 10, 2017, when he registered with the National Electoral Commission of ARENA, and was elected on April 22, 2018 to represent the right-wing party after obtaining 60.8% of the votes cast for the 58,874 members who participated in the primary election, defeating the businessmen Javier Simán and Gustavo López Davidson.[4] This candidacy was ratified on June 23 during the Extraordinary General Assembly of the political institute. His running mate is Carmen Aída Lazo from the National Coalition Party (PCN).

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