The United States condemned the ruling that enables Bukele's immediate reelection in El Salvador.


The charge d'affaires of North America in the Central American country, Jean Manes, said that "this decline in democracy damages the bilateral relationship" between the nations.

In charge of the United States in El Salvador, Jane Manes said this week that her country's government condemns the decision of the Constitutional Chamber of the El Salvador Supreme Court that enables the presidential reelection and maintains that this "decline" of democracy in the Central American country it damages the relationship between both nations.

"The Government of the United States condemns the decision taken on September 3 by the Salvadoran Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court," Manes said at a press conference to which the local press was summoned.

He added that the "ruling is the direct result of the May 1 decision of the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly to unconstitutionally remove the acting magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber and install loyal replacements to the Executive body."

"This demonstrates a clear strategy to undermine judicial independence and remove a key counterweight to the executive branch," he added.

Manes also criticized the recent decision by the Congress to fire judges and prosecutors in the 1960s on the grounds of fighting corruption.

On May 1, the Legislative Assembly, with a sizeable official majority, dismissed the constitutional magistrates and appointed five lawyers to occupy the positions, which are the ones who issued this ruling.

Among the appointed magistrates is a former adviser to the Executive of Bukele, a lawyer for the current director of the Police, and a former commissioner of the Institute for Access to Public Information, who Bukele chose in a questioned process.

In the resolution criticized by various sectors, the judges order the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to allow "that a person who exercises the Presidency of the Republic and has not been president in the immediately preceding period to participate in the electoral contest for a second time." .

The judicial decision opens the way for President Bukele to seek reelection in 2024. The interpretation given in 2014 to epigraph 1 of article 152 of the Constitution had to wait until 2034.

In the judgment of the magistrates, the interpretation of 2014 is "wrong," and they pointed out that the Constitution allows a citizen to be president for a maximum of 10 years.

The president, who won the 2019 presidential elections with a vast advantage and maintained high citizen acceptance, has not spoken out about the possibility of competing again for reelection.