REACTION: What Bukele’s Power Grab Means for El Salvador

By AQ Editors

Members of civil society react to Congress' firing of the attorney general and Supreme Court justices.

El Salvador's new congress took office on May 1 and immediately voted to remove the Attorney General Raúl Melara and five members of the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber — and replace them with allies of President Nayib Bukele. The first act of the president's supermajority in the legislative was described by news outlet El Faro as an effort “to remove the last institutional checks on the president’s power.” The Constitutional Chamber, as well as critics and journalists, described the move as illegal for not following procedures laid out in the constitution. Some called...

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