The Salvadoran Parliament requested the removal of the constitutional judges of the Supreme Court of Justice

First Vice President of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, On Saturday, Suecy Caljas requested the dismissal of the monarchy and the judges on duty in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice.

The initiative to vote was accepted with a waiver of treatment by 64 votes from 84 members of the Legislative Council, all of them from the ruling party..

The parties that voted to recognize the initiative are parties New Ideas (NI), the Grand Alliance for National Unity (GANA), the Christian Democratic Party (PDC) and the National Accord Party (PCN).

This is the first action the new legislature will take, just hours after taking a stand.

Salvadoran MPs hold their positions in Congress with a majority pro-government

The judges intending to remove them are the President of the Constitutional Chamber and the Supreme Court of Justice, José Armando Pineda, and the justices of the monarchy Aldo Enrique Kadir, Carlos Sergio Aviles, Carlos Ernesto Sanchez and Marina de Jesus Marenco.

The initiative also includes the judges on duty in the aforementioned room.

Salvadoran President, Nayeb Bukili, on more than one occasion accused the constitutional judges of withdrawing their powers to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Special Adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Council of the United States, Juan Sebastian Gonzalez, This initiative was repudiated by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador He posted a message on his Twitter account in which he responded to the measure, saying: “This is not done.”

Tweeting by Juan Gonzalez, just before AL's intention in El Salvador to dismiss the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice
Tweeting by Juan Gonzalez, just before AL’s intention in El Salvador to dismiss the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice

84 MPs elected in the February 28 elections in El Salvador took office on Saturday in the Legislative Assembly for the period 2021-2024, the period during which the ruling party will gain a majority.

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With this number allies Bukele goes beyond the so-called “qualified majority” in Parliament which, in addition to the usual functions of passing laws, allows them to ratify loans and elect attorneys, the Attorney General, the Supreme Elections Court, and the Accounts Court. (Foreman).

The governor may also approve budget debt, circumvent the veto, and suspend and reinstate constitutional guarantees, among other powers.

Representatives began their legislature’s first session more than an hour late to elect the confirmation committee made up of legislators Suecy Callejas, Eduardo Amaya and José Urbina, all of whom are from the ruling New Ideas (NI). This gave the commission two hours off to review the credentials submitted by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and other documents prior to the election of the Board of Directors.

The new composition of Congress, which was the opposition majority in the 2018-2021 legislature, will allow President Buckley to rule until the end of his term without significant opposition from the said governmental body.

The President of El Salvador, Najib Bukele
The President of El Salvador, Najib Bukele

The president and lawmakers who wrapped up their administration on Friday have fought several confrontations in the past year over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since taking office on June 1, 2019, Buckili, whom his opponents accuse of being an authoritarian, failed to form alliances with the Arena and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, which together controlled Parliament, with 60 of the 84 seats.

In one of the most tense events with the outgoing Congress, on February 9, 2020 Buckley entered Parliament, surrounded by military men armed with rifles, to press for a loan for his anti-guerrilla plan.

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After nearly two years ruling out of a total of five, the 39-year-old president, in a front-line and public style, and a regular Twitter user, took advantage of citizens’ discontent with traditional parties and defeated them on February 28 in Parliament. elections.

“The deputies who are about to end their term in the Legislative Assembly are leaving as a legacy a clear abandonment of the Salvadorans and a history of measures has been passed against the hope that the population will have this legislation in favor of their interests,” The presidency said in a statement Thursday.

(With information from EFE)

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