It was a scene you don't often see in El Salvador. All the top leaders of the country's political parties coming together in one room. From the ex-president from ARENA Alfredo Cristiani to Medardo Gonzalez, of the FMLN, President Mauricio Funes had summoned them all to the Presidential House today to attempt to resolve El Salvador's constitutional crisis. (See a gallery of Funes shaking hands with all the various party leaders here).
The parties met all throughout the day behind closed doors. At a little before 8 p.m. El Salvador time, the press was gathered to hear statements read by Funes and by Sigfrido Reyes, the president of the National Assembly. The parties have not yet reached agreement according to Funes, but had committed themselves to a process tied to the rulings of El Salvador's Supreme Court. The parties had also agreed that no one would disclose the content of the talks until there was final agreement. The talks will continue next Thursday.
El Faro noted that Funes' statements today seemed to signal a shift in the president's position, from one which supported the process before the Central American Court of Justice to his current position that the rulings of the Supreme Court must be respected.
Online, activists complained on Twitter that the parties were going to continue to negotiate behind closed doors without transparency and public scrutiny of their actions.