The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador approved this Sunday morning to declare an emergency regime for a period of 30 days, to deal with the wave of violence that is sweeping the Central American country.
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The Salvadoran Legislative Power (composed of 84 deputies) indicated on its official Twitter account that with 67 votes in favor “we approve the request of President Nayib Bukele, in the sense that an Exception Regime be decreed to deal with serious disturbances to public order.”
“Through this decree, we have approved to suspend, for 30 days from its publication in the Official Gazette, the constitutional guarantees contemplated in articles 7, 12, 13 and 24 of the Magna Carta,” he specified.
The articles mentioned refer to freedom of association, right to defense, term of administrative detention, inviolability of correspondence and telecommunications.
The Salvadoran president asked parliament on Saturday night to urgently decree the emergency regime, which can be applied in the event of war, invasion, rebellion, sedition, catastrophe, epidemic and other general calamities or serious disturbances of public order.
Approved with 67 votes in favor!
Practically 80% of the 84 deputies that make up the Legislative Assembly.
Deputies from 5 different political parties, including staunch opponents.
All within the constitutional framework, according to article 29.
Nothing to argue against. https://t.co/lnwR7H7KZq
– Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele)
March 27, 2022
The plenary session of the legislature began its special session with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the crime wave that is sweeping the country.
The National Civil Police (PNC) of El Salvador reported that Saturday was the most violent day in the country’s recent history after a total of 62 murders were recorded, as part of a violent escalation that began last Friday.