Nayib Bukele will resign from the presidency to seek re-election | News

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The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, announced Wednesday that he will resign from his position at the end of 2023 to present his candidacy in the 2024 presidential elections along with Félix Ulloa, for the vice presidency.


Congress of El Salvador extends exception regime

According to the head of the parliamentary bench of the ruling New Ideas party, Christian Guevara, Bukele will appoint an acting president until the time of the elections.

"He is going to resign in December, he is going to designate a presidential appointee, worth the redundancy, and this person is going to finish his six months in office that remain of the five that the electoral period establishes and, as I repeat, if the Salvadorans choose, he will continue, and if not, his mandate has come to this point," he explained.

However, analysts consider this decision by the Salvadoran head of state to seek a second term to be unconstitutional, but the presidential team rules out any illegality in this regard as long as the president resigns six months before the presidential elections.

Thus, it is stipulated that the Legislative Assembly designates the candidates to assume the Presidency and Vice Presidency of El Salvador.

In the opinion of Eduardo Escobar, executive director of Acción Ciudadana, a non-profit association specializing in social control, Bukele's candidacy "is undoubtedly unconstitutional." "He could run for the period 2029-2034. But for this coming one, which begins in 2024, the president is prohibited from running," he deepened.

"In El Salvador, immediate re-election is prohibited by the Constitution," since it "has several provisions that clearly state that whoever held the presidency in the period prior to the new term cannot hold the presidency," Escobar concluded.

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