The president of El Salvador Nayib Bukele met this Wednesday with diplomatic representatives from several countries to explain the dismissal and replacement of five magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) carried out by the Legislative Assembly during the Weekend.
The controversial vote in Congress – controlled by the president’s New Ideas party – provoked a torrent of national and international condemnations of the highest level by those who consider that the decision violated the independence of powers of the State bodies and lacks legal support.
“Not only did we have the power to do it, but the people asked us to do so,” Bukele said, however, this Tuesday in an intervention before the delegations of almost all countries.
In it, he appealed to the result of the February elections, in which his party obtained an absolute majority in the Assembly.
“The things that are happening in El Salvador are basically a election product“, He said.
In a meeting recorded and broadcast on the national chain, the president, together with a legal advisor, cited multiple judgments from the Constitutional Chamber and articles of the Constitution to justify constitutionality from the dismissals and the express election of five magistrates to fill the positions.
Since the weekend criticism and warnings follow from the United States, the Organization of American States (OAS) and human rights groups.
Many consider that with this action the Assembly is weakening instances that served as a counterweight to power of Bukele in the country.
“They are not reporting well”
The Parliament, akin to Bukele, dismissed by majority last Saturday the five judges and four substitutes of the Chamber of what Constitutional of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), the highest court in the country.
The congressmen who supported the dismissal assured that “the current magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber acted against the Constitution, putting particular interests first over the health and life of the entire population.”
As they considered, the judges put the population “in danger by not complying with the measures that have been used internationally.”
Also It was ceased the fiscal general Raúl Melara.
Regarding this decision, the congressmen considered that he had “ties” with the opposition Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) that “calls into question his objectivity, independence and impartiality.”
In his meeting with the diplomatic corps on Tuesday, Bukele said that if the ambassadors and other representatives do not tell the truth about what is happening in El Salvador, “they are not informing their countries well.”
“Someone explain to me why of the convictions? Yes the Constitution gives the power to the Assembly verbatim to appoint and remove the magistrates from the Constitutional Chamber, “he added.
Already at the weekend, the president defended himself from the rain of criticism through Twitter, stating: “We are cleaning the house.”
And he added, referring to the international community, that “that is not their concern.”
“The people did not send us to negotiate. They are leaving. Everyone,” the president tweeted on Monday, suggesting that the dismissals could continue.
Absence of the United States
“Here is one hundred percent of the diplomatic representation with the exception of the charge d’affaires of the United States,” said Bukele in the meeting with the foreign representatives in his country.
“It worries me (its absence) because when you only have information from one side, it is most likely that you are going to be wrong in your conclusion,” he added.
“If they don’t listen to our version, and they are surely listening to the opposition’s, then at least, if they don’t want to agree with my argument that they are wrong, they are biased“, He said.
The government of The United States has been one of the most critical with what happened.
“It seemed to me something very strange that there were condemnations about what happened on Saturday. We did not expect an international condemnation at any time because there was nothing to condemn,” said the president.
“I am not saying this for the obvious argument of the sovereignty of the people or the Basic Principle of Hands-off Diplomacy“is that” what they were saying didn’t make sense.
“The majority rules”, she said remembering the words of a mayor when she came to power. “And I agree.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.