Power Battle Heats up in El Salvador and the People React
El Salvador’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled that the National Assembly’s appointment of justices for the Supreme Judicial Tribunal is unconstitutional for the second time. In April 2012 the Assembly appointed Astor Escalante Seravia as Attorney General; which the Supreme Court claims violates the constitution by voting more than once to elect an attorney general. A similar practice occurred in 2006 when the National Assembly elected a justice to the Supreme Court for the next term, which at that time also violated the constitution.
Hundreds of Salvadorans protested against the Assembly’s violation of the constitution. Although the “white marches” (marchas blancas), are a symbol of peace, many participants have been injured and many have even been confronted with tear gas. The right wing party ARENA, was noted to be the prime instigator of the march in efforts to criticize other parties who oppose the the recent decision of the Constitutional Chamber. Local social networks have reported that the national elites transported citizens from the interior regions of the nation and provided them with white shirts, white flags and even money in order to promote their participation in these marches.
The constitution reiterates the electoral power to the people by limiting the National Assembly’s electoral power of justices to one; therefore this violation not only overrides the constitution but their citizen vote as well.
To learn more, read Tim’s El Salvador Blog