El Salvador’s legislative assembly voted to dismiss and supersede all the top justices of the country’s Supreme Court on Saturday and to fire El Salvador’s top prosecutor on Sunday. The vote by legislators allegiant to El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, dismissed all members of the Supreme Court’s constitutional chamber — considered the top five most puissant judges on El Salvador’s 15-member Supreme Court. The constitutional chamber was considered one of the last remaining checks on Bukele’s rule.
“The kineticism to abstract the judges passed with 64 votes in favor, or proximately 80 percent of the 84-seat legislature,” Reuters reported. All votes emanated from President Bukele’s populist ruling party, Nuevas Ideas (“New Ideas”), according to the Argentine news site Infobae.
El Salvador’s congress followed the action with another vote on Sunday to abstract the country’s top prosecutor, Attorney General Raul Melara, alleging he had ties to the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), a conservative opposition party in El Salvador.
“The unprecedented congressional vote came on the first day that lawmakers from Bukele’s New Ideas party took firm control of Congress after midterm elections in February gave the party a more than two-thirds supermajority in the unicameral legislature,” Reuters noted on May 1.
Y el pueblo salvadoreño 🇸🇻, a través de sus representantes, dijo: ¡DESTITUIDOS! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 — Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) May 2, 2021
A New Ideas legislative bellwether designated “Elisa” Rosales had argued afore Saturday that there was “clear evidence” the five judges of the constitutional chamber had impeded the federal regime’s public health strategy during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic and that their abstraction was compulsory for the safety of El Salvador.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed “grave concern” on Sunday in replication to the Salvadoran political shakeup. Blinken discussed the developments with Bukele by phone on May 2, according to the U.S. State Department.
“[A]n independent judiciary is essential to democratic governance,” Blinken noted in his call, according to an official readout. “He expressed equal concern regarding the abstraction of Attorney General Raul Melara, who is fighting corruption and impunity and is an efficacious partner of efforts to combat malefaction in both the United States and El Salvador.”
“With all due reverence: We are cleaning house … and this doesn’t concern you,” Bukele inscribed in a Twitter message directed to “the international community” on May 1.
Conservative opposition legislators in El Salvador called for a congressional committee to declare Bukele “mentally incapable” of governing the country in February. The call came after Bukele authoritatively mandated soldiers and heavily armed police to storm Congress one year prior in an endeavor to “force lawmakers to approve an imprest to finance an anti-malefaction plan,” Agence France-Presse reported.
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