Monday, July 16, 2012

Locksmiths open doors to Supreme Court


It took a locksmith to get him through the doors, but Ovidio Bonilla, purported to take up the presidency of El Salvador's Supreme Court today.   He was accompanied by Sigfrido Reyes, the president of the National Assembly from the FMLN.   It was the National Assembly's vote in April 2012 which placed Bonilla in this position.   The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has declared that April vote invalid.

Today El Salvador has two competing Supreme Courts.   One with Bonilla and the magistrates from the 2006 and 2012 elections declared invalid by the Constitutional Chamber.   The other with former president Belarmino Jaime and magistrates and substitutes elected in 2009.   That court is led by Florentín Meléndez, who was named interim president after the expiration of Jaime's term this weekend.


7 comments:

POLYCARPIO said...

Tim, over the weekend a Washington Post editorial lambasted the FMLN's role in the standoff and placed the blame for the crisis at the feet of the presumptive FMLN presidential candidate, Salvador Sanchez Ceren. It warned that the FMLN's strategy may be a larger scale power grab: "That was the model followed by Mr. Chavez, Mr. Ortega and the leaders of Ecuador and Bolivia," the editorial stated, adding that Sanchez Ceren was "ideologically in tune with those caudillos." On Monday, Republican senators Dick Lugar and Marco Rubio called for the U.S. to reassess Millennium Challenge grant aid to El Salvador. Of course, with Rubio in the mix of likely Mitt Romney running mates, there is a danger that the issue could be filtered through U.S. partisan politics the way it has become politicized in El Salvador.

Mike said...

That Washington Post article sure seemed ignorant of what has been happening in El Salvador and, more generally, how what is happening there relates to trends in the region.

Wayne said...

Both the Washington Post article as well as the earlier WSJ article could have been written by Areneros. It'd be one thing if it was just the FMLN out there on their own in this mess, but in this case, ARENA seems to be the outlier. The rhetoric from the Arena deputies drips with self-righteous indignity (when Arena itself was the "guilty" party in 2006 for electing 2 groups of magistrates) yet it's fairly transparent that their main mission is to sow the seeds of anarchy so they can heap more blame on the FMLN for causing even more problems in the country, all to ARENA's advantage in the 2014 elections.

I pose a question - what if the Sala de lo Constitucional had, instead of issuing the rulings in 2012-23 and 2012-19 that they did, ruled instead that while the elections of 2006 and 2012 were tinged with impropriety and violated the spirit of the constitution (since there is in fact no actual language in the constitution which was actually violated), but that invalidating those elections would be disruptive of society and dangerous to the excercise of responsible governance, and ordering the legislature instead to amend the constitution to fix the inherent deficiencies are the root cause of this comedy of errors? Perhaps if the Sala were interested in real jurisprudence, and not in playing to the political interests of ANEP, FUSADES (strangely silent these past few days, aren't they?) the Chamber of Commerce and ARENA - i.e. the business interests - the legislature, the press and the talking heads could have spent all this time and energy on real problems, like unemployment, the stagnant growth rate, foreign investment, las maras.....

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