The OAS’s mission to monitor the political situation in El Salvador will arrive on Sunday and will stay in the country until February 18, announced the Organization of American States (OAS) on Sunday, February 14.
According to the press release, Dr. Santiago Canton, the former Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, will head the mission.
“As reported on February 11, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) has ordered the sending of a special mission to the Republic of El Salvador in response to the requests received to assess the political-institutional situation and to try to contribute to the preservation and strengthening of the rule of law, within the framework of the provisions of Article 17 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.” OAS’s press release.
As part of the investigation, the commission will meet with various political and civil sectors to evaluate the current political issues the country is facing. The Special Mission will also seek to guarantee the electoral process that will take place on February 28, 2021.
Both the Legislative Assembly and President Nayib Bukele requested the Organization of American States to send the mission under Article 17 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Since Nayib Bukele became president, the current political situation in El Salvador between branches of government has been contentious.
The Secretary-General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, expressed his willingness to “facilitate political dialogue that leads to the strengthening of democratic institutions in the country, especially concerning the independence of powers.”
“The OAS will work with the Government and the Legislative Assembly in defense of the Constitution and the rule of law, following the principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” noted the organization.