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The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador temporarily suspends the decree of emergency

May 19, 2020

The Constitutional Chamber of the El Salvador Supreme Court temporarily suspended the executive decree last Monday, which extended the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic in the Latin American country.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele announced Saturday night the “national emergency”, a 30-day extension for fear of a “breakdown” in the health care system. Legal protection was given that it could extend this state since the National Assembly did not meet until Monday.

“The effects of Executive Decree No. 18 (…) will be suspended immediately and provisionally so that the executive authorities cannot exercise any of the powers set out in these rules,” said the Constitutional Chamber in its decision. Distribution via the social network Twitter. “Likewise, the effects of actions or rules that result from Executive Decree No. 18 above will be suspended,” he added.

The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador temporarily suspends the decree of emergency
The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador temporarily suspends the decree of emergency

For example, the Constitutional Chamber Bukele and the Attorney General of El Salvador, Raul Melara, give a period of ten working days, so that in the former case they submit a report on the constitutionality of the decree and in the case the second so that it speaks on the matter.