a man watches a speech in El Salvador

On 1 May,  a decision by El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly dismissed the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Attorney General.

The removal of the country’s attorney general and Constitutional Court judges eliminates two of the remaining checks on the power of the administration of President Nayib Bukele, who has been consolidating control of democratic institutions since he took office in June 2019.

The ecumenical forum of churches in El Salvador issued a statement on 6 May expressing apprehension over the delicate situation in the country and reaffirming their commitment to promote a dialogue with the Government, the new Legislative Assembly, the Supreme Court of Justice and the Attorney General, the private sector and the political opposition.

“We call on our members to promote peace, within the family, the community, the local church and the people in general, avoiding confrontation that could lead to violence and disunity between brothers and sisters, as we experienced in the past civil war, that should not be repeated”, reads the statement.

WCC member churches in El Salvador