El Salvador’s top court paves way for president’s re-election

The choice was delivered late Friday night time by judges appointed in Could by the nation’s newly elected Congress — which is dominated by Bukele’s social gathering — after the lawmakers eliminated the magistrates of the Supreme Courtroom’s constitutional chamber and the lawyer common.

The highest court docket’s ruling has drawn condemnation by the US authorities, rights teams and opposition politicians, which have slammed the transfer as unconstitutional.

Reacting to the choice Friday, Óscar Ortiz, common secretary of the Farabundo Martī Entrance for Nationwide Liberation and former vice chairman of El Salvador wrote in a tweet: “The dictatorship is consummated.”

US cost d’affaires Jean Manes stated that permitting rapid re-election was “clearly opposite to the Salvadoran structure,” in feedback to reporters on the US embassy within the capital San Salvador on Saturday, which she shared on Twitter.

Bukele has not but responded to the court docket’s ruling. CNN has requested remark.

Since sweeping to energy in 2019, the charismatic younger chief has pledged to reform Salvadoran politics and sort out corruption. However critics have accused the 40-year-old of authoritarian tendencies.

In February 2020, Bukele despatched armed troops into Congress as he demanded that lawmakers approve his plan to safe a $109 million mortgage to sort out gang violence. This June, he pulled El Salvador out of an anti-corruption accord backed by the US.

“Democracy in El Salvador is on the sting of the abyss,” José Miguel Vivanco, the manager director of the Americas division of Human Rights Watch wrote on Twitter Sunday.

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In Could, Vivanco penned an opinion piece for the Washington Publish after the reshuffle of the nation’s prime court docket, warning that Bukele’s efforts to pay attention political energy could lead on El Salvador down the identical path as different Central American nations the place judicial independence is beneath risk, like Nicaragua and Honduras.
However Bukele has pushed again in opposition to criticisms. Additionally in Could, he tweeted a message addressed to buddies within the worldwide neighborhood: “With all due respect: we’re cleansing our home … and that’s none of what you are promoting,” he wrote.

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