El Salvador’s Constitutional Court Paves Way for President Bukele to Seek Reelection Following Purge of Country’s Judiciary

September 9, 2021

On Friday, September 3, El Salvador’s Constitutional Court issued a ruling allowing presidents to run for consecutive reelection. The decision permits current Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele to seek reelection in 2024, defying the plain language of the constitution, which prohibits consecutive presidential reelection, and contradicting a recent decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This development follows a series of blows to democracy and rule of law in El Salvador that have raised growing international concern about the country’s rapid regression towards authoritarianism.

In order for El Salvador to recommit to judicial independence, democracy, and the protection of human rights, the U.S. government and the international community should work together to press the Bukele administration to reverse course. DPLF joins the call and urges the international community to take action against the consecutive attacks on democracy in El Salvador.

Read the full statement here