Weekly Report - 08 July 2021 (WR-21-27)

EL SALVADOR: Opposition fears realised

Concerns about the separation of powers in El Salvador have grown since deputies in the new legislative assembly, now controlled by President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas (NI), took up their seats in May and promptly fired the attorney general (AG) Raúl Melara and the five-member constitutional chamber (SC) of the supreme court (CSJ), both critics of Bukele [WR-21-18]. These fears have since intensified after Melara’s replacement, Rodolfo Delgado, announced the seizure of some assets of the main right-wing opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena) in relation to a corruption case implicating former presidents of successive Arena administrations, the late Francisco Flores (1999-2004) and Antonio Saca (2004-2009).

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