San Salvador, Feb 16.- The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador is processing today two initiatives to remove the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, despite the reluctance of several deputies.
The Political Commission accepted a request from Deputy Ricardo Velásquez Parker to evaluate Bukele's mental capacity, and another to judge him for the militarization of the Legislature on February 9, 2020.
After a discussion, the deputies sent the petitions to an existing file on the subject, although non-partisan deputy Leonardo Bonilla asked the Commission that the piece on the evaluation be shelved.
Bonilla considered the moment inappropriate to evaluate the President's mental capacity due to the social repercussions of the event, and because the ideal would have been to process him when the controversial incident occurred.
In context: On February 9, 2020, Bukele entered the parliamentary headquarters surrounded by soldiers and police with bulletproof vests and M-16 and AR-15 rifles, in which some detected a publicity montage broadcast even on national television to see the internal and foreign reactions. Bukele, 38, a lawyer, took Congress militarily, sat in the seat of the president of that body, burst into tears and began to pray. Then, in a solemn way, he said that he had asked God, and God had replied: Patience, patience, patience. Later, he went out to meet with hundreds of his followers at the gates of Parliament, with a pamphlet speech in which he described the deputies as "scoundrels and thieves." (Taken from The dictatorial intention of Nayib Bukele shakes El Salvador, by Lídice Valenzuela. Published at https://www.cubahora.cu/ )
Mario Ponce, president of the Assembly, specified that part of his functions is to admit the applications and the deputies decide to debate them or not, although he denied that there is an interest in deepening the issue.
Bukele took advantage of the procedure to denounce the alleged collusion between the main opposition parties, two weeks before the legislative and municipal elections for the 2021-2024 period. (Text and photo: PL)