The vice president considers that the imposed Chamber issued the disputed ruling due to the “bad drafting” of the Constitution, despite the fact that it is clear in prohibiting reelection.

As a result of a “bad writing” of the current Constitution, explains the Vice President of the Republic Félix Ulloa the “interpretation” made by the Constitutional Chamber “imposed” by the ruling party to article 248 so that President Nayib Bukele can be re-elected immediately after his term ends in 2024.

“Those are the inconsistencies that we find in the constitutional norms that we have tried to correct. But the alternation has remained unchanged, that is why in Article 248 we allow that the alternation must be respected ”, Ulloa argued at a press conference prior to a public event to address issues related to the future of Central America with the presence of officials from several Central American governments .

To the journalists’ question whether or not they consider that the imposed Constitutional Chamber has changed a stony clause; Ulloa stated that he did not know, but assured that an “interpretation has been made that changes the jurisprudential line of another Chamber.”

SEE: Constitutional Chamber imposed by the ruling party enables the re-election of Bukele

He added that this is a concern that they have and that for that reason they have wanted to state in the list of reforms that the constitutional norms must be prepared and drafted in such a way that they do not give rise to interpretations.

“Because a jurisprudential line can be changed from one court to another, but if the norms are clear, there is no room for an interpretation,” he said, referring to the fact that since May 1, a Constitutional Chamber imposed by the Executive and endorsed by the Assembly also dominated by the Presidency of Bukele.

As he said, you cannot be subject to what one judge says and what someone else says later. In what he did consider that they should have changed is that there must at least be a presidential period for a president to seek the position again, but not immediately at the end of a presidential term.

The current Constitution says that a former president can seek that position again, but after leaving two presidential terms in between.

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The proposals to reform the Constitution designed by the Ad Hoc team led by Ulloa will be presented on September 15 to the President of the Republic.

The vice president justified that they are proposals that are more “guaranteeing, progressive and more inserted in models of social and economic development”; However, constitutional lawyers warn that it is a new Constitution since more than 80% of the articles of the primary regulation are reformed. In addition, that the modifications also seek to consolidate the “authoritarian and dictatorial” power of Bukele.

The ruling of the imposed Chamber that enables the re-election of President Bukele has generated a national and international condemnation. One of the strongest rejection positions came from the Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, ​​Jean Manes.

While the United Nations (UN) requested respect for the Constitution, the rule of law, as well as the separation of powers to protect the democracy of El Salvador.

However, Bukele has avoided commenting on the issue of reelection.


“The Constitution does not allow the same person to be president twice in a row,” said Nayib Bukele in 2013 on reelection.

UN asks to protect democracy in El Salvador after presidential re-election ruling


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