Despite attempts by Nayib Bukele’s administration to discredit peace accords, thousands marched to commemorate the historic agreements
Thousands of Salvadorans marched peacefully in rejection of recognition of Bitcoin as legal tender, the high cost of living, rise in disappearances, acts of corruption involving government officials and ministers, and the Buleke government’s negotiations with criminal gangs, among other issues
The Bitcoin law was approved by the parliament, controlled by Bukele’s party and its allies, last June. Economists warned that the digital currency’s lack of transparency could attract increased criminal activity to the country and make El Salvador a haven of money laundering.
Many fear that the volatility of the cryptocurrency will affect their income and purchasing power. They condemned that it is not suitable for small vendors and only benefits the big investors and transnational companies.
In its first session, the new Legislative Assembly of El Salvador dismissed all the judges from the Supreme Court and the Attorney General, sparking national and international condemnation for what many have called a coup and an attack on democracy
The overwhelming victory of the Bukele-led NI-GANA alliance in the legislative elections gives the executive immense power to fulfill his authoritarian objectives, raising concerns for progressive sectors
The upcoming elections are crucial for the strengthening of democracy, which has suffered various setbacks under the rule of far-right President Nayib Bukele
Víctor Suazo, a candidate of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front ( FMLN ), talks about the upcoming elections in El Salvador and the struggle waged by his party to save the country’s democracy and institutions
Since January 31, three members of the opposition left-wing FMLN party have been killed in attacks ahead of the February 28 legislative and municipal elections
The FMLN and several of its members condemned the attack and held the president Nayib Bukele responsible for the onslaught and for promoting hatred against the party
Salvadorans are protesting over the lack of food and economic aid to poor and unemployed people, the shortage of personal protection equipment for health workers, and the delay in the return of people stranded abroad
Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele threatened to invoke Article 87 which allows for a ‘right to insurrection’ if legislators did not accept his demand for a special session of the assembly to approve a loan of USD 109 million