New Salvadoran legislature removes the attorney general and all constitutional Chamber’s judges

By Eddie Galdamez
Monday, May 3rd, 2021 6:37 am
Ernesto Castro
Ernesto Castro,Salvadoran Congress president

On Saturday, May 1st, the new Salvadoran legislature passed resolutions removing the Salvadoran General attorney and all Judges in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Judicial Court.

After the 2021-2024 legislature approved removal, they proceeded to elect and swore new judges. The exact process was used to remove Raul Melara from his position as Attorney General.

Legislators from ARENA and the FMLN were surprised when legislators from the New Ideas political party introduced the resolutions.

“This decision adopted by the majority of the Legislative Assembly lacks formal and substantive defects that invalidate this decision,” expressed Portillo Cuadra of ARENA.

Sunday was a day filled with messages of outrage from local and international organizations, as well as well-known individuals.

The UCA university, a fierce critic of president Nayib Bukele, issued an statement.

“The Jose Simeón Cañas Central American University condemns the disrespect for the law by the new Legislative Assembly in its action to dismiss and replace the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber, as it dynamites the independence of the powers of the State, characteristic of a democracy,” UCA statement.

U.S.A. vice-president Kamala Harris issued the following statement. “We have deep concerns about El Salvador’s democracy, in light of the National Assembly’s vote to remove constitutional court judges. An independent judiciary is critical to a healthy democracy – and to a strong economy.”

Opponents of Saturday’s events called for a protest Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at the Monument to the Constitution in San Salvador. According to reporter Roberto Valencia, who was at the rally, about 400 people showed up.

Sunday afternoon, Raul Melare, the removed Attorney General, issued a statement on his Twitter account regarding his removal and announced his resignation.

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