Judges reject dismissals in the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador

This content was published on 04 May 2021 – 01:24

San Salvador, May 3 (EFE) .- The judges of the Judicial body of El Salvador rejected this Monday the dismissal of the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and pointed out to Congress to disobey a judicial ruling , according to a statement released in various local media.

“We reject the referred actions of the Legislative body for being unconstitutional” and “we consider that the constitutional and institutional order has been disrespected, seriously compromising the rule of law, the separation of powers, legal security and due process,” the document indicates.

They indicated that the dismissals occurred “in retaliation for the rulings that at another time controlled the actions of the Executive body.”

“A blow has been inflicted on the system of separation of powers, which will bring serious consequences for our country,” the statement stressed.

After the dismissal was known, the Constitutional Chamber issued a ruling declaring the vote against him unconstitutional, an action that various lawyers consider to annul the vote.

“The Legislative Assembly in its political vision disobeyed judicial order 1-2021, (…) in which the previous actions are declared unconstitutional,” the letter adds.

According to the judges, three of the five magistrates who own the Chamber resigned after the actions on Saturday due to “threats of capture and prosecutions made known on social networks related to the Executive.”


Salvadoran Vice President Félix Ulloa criticized those who have spoken out against the measure, which has generated international controversy.

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“I would like to know how many of those who today tear their clothes and cry out for the rule of law and the separation of powers in El Salvador, raised their voices in protest when the former US President ‘took over’ the Supreme Court,” Ulloa published on Twitter in reference to Donald Trump.

According to Ulloa, Trump “with Congress in his favor appointed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” without noting that Barrett was named after Ginsburg’s death.

“Or did they condemn him when he abruptly with the backing of Congress fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and named his stalwart William Barr?”

Barr went on to replace Matthew Whitaker, who had run the Justice Department on an interim basis since November 2018, when Trump fired his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

This Monday, the international community criticized the dismissals and set off its alarms at the possible erosion of Salvadoran democracy.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, asked El Salvador to respect the Constitution and the separation of powers to maintain the democratic advances that the country achieved after 12 years of civil war (1980-1992).

The EU statement was more critical when considering the actions of the ruling party in the Legislative, backed by Bukele, as an attack against the rule of law.

“The decisions taken by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador on May 1 to dismiss the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Attorney General of the Republic, and the subsequent new appointments, violate the rule of law and the separation of powers in the country, “according to a statement from the European External Action Service.

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On Sunday, the vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, also expressed her country’s concern about the Salvadoran crisis.

Ulloa, without making direct reference to any official or organism, published: “We do not listen to those strident protests that today chorus with the corrupt nationals who feel that the status quo that worked for them for decades is falling by popular mandate freely expressed in the ballot boxes. Undoubtedly the double standard is the common denominator. ” EFE

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