Security & Strategic Review - November 2021

EL SALVADOR: Concerns build over attacks on judicial independence

On 17 September President Nayib Bukele promulgated reforms to El Salvador’s judicial-career law and organic law of the attorney general’s office (AG). Approved on 31 August by the 84-member unicameral legislature in which the ruling Nuevas Ideas (NI) now has a two thirds majority, the judicial reform, which among other things forces judges and prosecutors to retire once they turn 60 or after completing 30 years of service (excluding those from the supreme court, CSJ), has been widely condemned as the latest attack on the country’s institutions and rule of law.

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