Norma Torres, a US congresswoman who has condemned abuses of power on numerous occasions, spoke of this new insult to the rule of law, after agreeing to reforms that hit the independence of the judiciary.
Deputies loyal to Neyib Bukila approved, on Tuesday, a decree Purges within the judiciary will be allowed. That is, because they would enforce dismissal of judges and justices of the peace (except for Justices of the High Court of Justice) over the age of 60 and facilitate transfer between courts.
Inside and outside the country, this was seen as a new blow to the balance of power, in addition to the continuing blows to democracy dealt by Najib Bukil’s government.
Norma Torres, the US congresswoman who has condemned these abuses of power on numerous occasions, has spoken out about this new insult to the rule of law.
“El Salvador has taken another drastic leap towards undermining the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, obstructing important issues and politicizing justice,” said the Guatemalan American legislator.
She has warned on numerous occasions that blows to democracy, transparency, and the fight against corruption are factors that fuel irregular migration of people to the United States.
Yesterday he doubled down on his condemnation and said that El Salvador stands with the undemocratic governments in the region. “These attacks on democratic institutions and principles threaten human rights and put the country on a collision course with regional democracies,” he said.
He concluded by saying that “the government of El Salvador must respect its constitutions and its democracy,” something Bukele and his loyal followers tend to ignore.
Far from correcting the occasions when Torres and other American legislators condemned the blows to his government’s democracy, Nayib Bukele derided them, downplayed them, and even called on the voters of this California congresswoman to banish her from her. Its current position, something that could constitute a crime of electoral interference.
Also joining the chorus of broad voices rejecting the truth was influential Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern, who noted in a tweet that the interest in further undermining the balance of power on the part of El Salvador’s ruling party is very clear.
“I condemn the new unconstitutional law in El Salvador that purifies all judges over the age of 60,” McGovern said on his social network.
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