Salvadoran President Orders Militarization Around Congress

(TELESUR) – As tension between El Salvador’s Executive and Legislative powers boil up, President Nayib Bukele ordered military personnel to stand guard around Congress’ building in the capital city San Salvador.

This comes as lawmakers decided to not meet on Sunday at 09:00 am local time for an extraordinary session in order to vote to approve a US$109 million loan for the third phase of the United States-backed Security Territorial Control program.

As only 28 legislators of the 43 needed to have quorum attended, the Speaker of the Legislative body Mario Ponce summoned the parliamentarians to officially convene on Monday at 12:00 pm local time.

However, Bukele stuck to his threat and enacted article 87 – the right for insurrection -, arguing that the constitutional order was broken since lawmakers didn’t follow his orders. The president then called for popular “insurrection” summoning a “citizen concentration” for Sunday afternoon, in order to pressure lawmakers to approve the loan.

A stage was also erected by staff from the Ministry of Defense across from Congress. Many fear these transgressions could lead to the dissolution of the opposition-led legislative body.

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