The United States ratified its condemnation of the ruling of the Salvadoran Supreme Court

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source: apnews.com

The United States ratified its condemnation of the ruling of the Salvadoran Supreme Court to enable immediate presidential reelection.

Washington asked Nayib Bukele to demonstrate his commitment to democratic governance.

On Sunday, the United States asked the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, to demonstrate his commitment to democratic governance and ratified his condemnation of the ruling of the constitutional chamber of the country's Supreme Court, which enables immediate presidential reelection.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement that the decision "damaged" democracy and indicated that the Salvadoran constitution "clearly prohibits presidential officials from being re-elected for a longer term."

On Friday night, the constitutional magistrates, appointed on May 1, reversed a 2014 ruling and enabled immediate presidential reelection. As a result, Bukele could seek a second term in 2024.

The United States urges President Buckley to demonstrate his commitment to democratic governance, including the separation of powers and the rule of law, Price added.

"This decline in democratic governance damages the relationship that the United States strives to maintain with the Government of El Salvador," the note said.

Furthermore, he noted that the decision further tarnishes the country's international image as a democratic and credible partner in the region.

Another who reacted to this was José Miguel Vivanco, director for the Americas at Human Rights Watch. "The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador - which Bukele took over in May of this year - has just allowed Bukele to stand for reelection. The same script that Daniel Ortega and Juan Orlando Hernández used", he expressed on Twitter.

On Saturday, the US charge d'affaires in El Salvador, Jean Manes, expressed Washington's condemnation of the determination.

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

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

On the other hand, the director for the Americas of Amnesty International (AI), Erika Guevara-Rosas, indicated that they observe El Salvador to "denounce practices that violate human rights and warned about dismantling the institutions.

"In the world, we face authoritarian governments that dismantle institutions to violate human rights. It is proven that El Salvador will not be the exception, ”Guevara-Rosas posted on Twitter.

He added that at Amnesty International, we have eyes on El Salvador to denounce human rights violations by the government of Nayib Bukele.