| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

El Salvador top court rules presidents can serve two consecutive terms

El Salvador’s highest court has declared that the President can serve two terms in row, allowing President Nayib Bukele to run for re-election in 2024.
The verdict was issued late Friday by judges nominated by Bukele’s ruling party lawmakers in May after they replaced the previous justices, move that drew severe criticism from Washington and other international powers.

The constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice ordered the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to enable a president who had not been in office “in the immediately preceding period to participate in the electoral contest for a second occasion.”

Bukele’s government has also readied a constitutional reform that aims to extend the presidential term to six years from five, and include the possibility of revoking the president’s mandate, among other steps.

That has yet to go to the Central American country’s Congress, which Bukele’s party and its allies control.

Bukele, a popular but divisive 40-year-old president, has not commented on the court’s ruling.

In 2014, the same court ruled that presidents would have to wait 10 years after leaving office to be re-elected.

  • Reuters