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Short Update: El Salvador’s Supreme Court strikes down President Bukele’s quarantine decree

FT Admin - June 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Rule of Law, New criminal offences

The Salvadoran Supreme Court once again struck down President Nayib Bukele’s decrees concerning COVID-19 on Monday, days after he vetoed coronavirus legislation passed by the opposition-held legislature. The Court ruled that the executive branch cannot “suspend fundamental rights” on its own, and that such power is unique to the legislature.  

The increasingly authoritarian Bukele had unilaterally enforced an “absolute” quarantine over the country, suspending civil liberties without a national emergency law or legislatively declared state of exception. The legislature had refused to renew the state of exception in part over human rights concerns, and Bukele has in turn repeatedly vetoed COVID-19 related legislation. Bukele condemned the Supreme Court’s decision, tweeting that it is an order to “murder tens of thousands of Salvadorans.” 

Critics, including the former US ambassador, have warned that President Bukele is exploiting the pandemic to attack democracy and cement dictatorial control over the Central American country.  

See DW’s report here (in Spanish). 

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