El Salvador opposition reverses their position to remove president Bukele.

By Karla Ramos
Thursday, February 11th, 2021 10:57 am
Mario Ponce
Mario Ponce. President of the Legislative Assembly

One day after ARENA’s deputy Ricardo Velasquez Parker introduced a petition to have president’s Bukele mental health evaluated so that he can be removed from office. Predominant members of both major political parties, FMLN and ARENA, indicate their unwillingness to be part of the process.

Parker’s proposal regarding Nayib Bukele has caused various reactions, mostly adverse, even within his party, ARENA.

Carlos Reyes, head of the ARENA fraction in the Legislative Assembly, assures that said proposal was not consulted with the party. “That is a proposal from a deputy; it is not a proposal from the ARENA political party,” Expressed Carlos Reyes.

Ernesto Muyshondt, the current mayor of San Salvador, wrote his disapproval of the initiative on Twitter. “A spectacular nonsense, one of the worst political maneuvers in the history of our country, has been to want to commemorate the anniversary of an attempted coup against the Legislative Branch, with an attempted coup against the Executive Branch.”

Deputy Nidia Díaz, of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), denied that her party supported this proposal. “The issue of the removal of the president has not been discussed at all. It was simply a matter for reflection yesterday and that the 9F not be committed again,” said Nidia Diaz.

Mario Ponce, president of the Legislative branch, called the initiative presented Tuesday as an electoral propaganda act to get media attention. Ponce does not believe the proposed initiative to remove president Bukele has a future.

Wednesday’s tone by members of both opposing political parties is strikingly different from Tuesday’s, when the Velasquez Parker proposal received support from the opposing political parties ARENA, PDC, PCN, and FMLN.

The hashtag, #ElPresidenteNoSeToca, has been trending on Twitter since Tuesday Night.

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