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Weekly Report - 04 June 2020 (WR-20-22)

EL SALVADOR: Bukele marks first year under political storm

President Nayib Bukele was unable to deliver his first annual state-of-the-nation address before the legislative assembly this week after ‘Tropical Storm Amanda’ struck El Salvador, resulting in the declaration of another state of emergency and the legislative session being postponed. Bukele’s one-year anniversary coincided with an ongoing political storm stemming from efforts to approve new emergency legislation relating to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The dispute has subjected Bukele to fresh criticism of acting in an authoritarian manner and disregarding institutional procedure - an increasingly common complaint of his leadership.

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