Ruling paves the way in which for incumbent Nayib Bukele to face for re-election in 2024.
El Salvador’s prime courtroom has dominated that the nation’s president can serve two consecutive phrases, opening the door for incumbent Nayib Bukele to face for re-election in 2024.
Issued late on Friday, the ruling was handed down by judges appointed by lawmakers from Bukele’s ruling occasion in Could after they’d eliminated the earlier justices, a step that was decried by critics as a “coup d’etat” and drew robust criticism from the US and different international powers.
The constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court docket of Justice ordered the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to allow a president who had not been in workplace “within the instantly previous interval to take part within the electoral contest for a second event”.
The choice may probably make well-liked however divisive Bukele, 40, the primary president to serve greater than 5 years in workplace because the Fifties.
Bukele’s authorities has additionally readied a constitutional reform that goals to increase the presidential time period to 6 years from 5, and embrace the potential for revoking the president’s mandate, amongst different steps.
That has but to go to El Salvador’s Congress, which Bukele’s occasion and its allies management.
There was no speedy remark by Bukele on the courtroom’s ruling.
In 2014, the identical courtroom dominated that presidents must wait 10 years after leaving workplace to be re-elected.
Elected in 2019, Bukele enjoys broad assist in El Salvador over his guarantees to combat organised crime and enhance safety within the violence-racked nation.
However he has lengthy been accused of authoritarian tendencies.
Final yr, Bukele dispatched troops to the nation’s parliament in a bid to stress lawmakers.