TSE is urged to stop Nayib Bukele's candidacy for re-election | News

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The former magistrate of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of El Salvador and electoral expert, Eugenio Chicas, urged the TSE on Thursday to exercise its power to deny the registration of the presidential candidacy of Nayib Bukele.


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During a radio interview, the former official assured that the collegiate body can oppose Bukele's registration, and that even two votes from the magistrates would be enough to stop his candidacy for the 2024 elections.

Bukele, contrary to the Salvadoran Constitution, has not only announced his candidacy, but, according to his Nuevas Ideas party, he has already registered to run for them, which will take place next March.

However, according to Chicas, "with two magistrates who opposed this regulation, there is no registration (of President Bukele)... For this reason, in the Legislative Assembly they established a law that threatens anyone who 'blocks' a registration with jail." .

The position of Chicas comes after Bukele submitted his registration to participate in the internships of Nuevas Ideas and two TSE magistrates reaffirmed that they will submit to the resolution of the Constitutional Chamber imposed in 2021, which enables immediate presidential re-election. This, affirming that all the rulings of the Chamber are mandatory.

However, for Chicas, the TSE magistrates "must assume the authority that the Constitution gives them" when making this type of decision. "If one is elected for a constitutional mandate and is afraid to express himself, then let them resign, because they have been ignored," he said.

It has been known that the presiding magistrate Dora Martínez de Barahona, and the magistrates Noel Orellana, Guillermo Wellman and Rubén Meléndez have repeatedly stated that they will adhere to the Chamber's ruling and allow Bukele's re-election, provided he resigns for six months. before the start of the presidential term.

The only one who has shown a different criterion is magistrate Julio Olivo, who has affirmed that he will vote "in accordance with the Constitution", which expressly prohibits re-election.

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