Nayib Bukele known as a rare weekend session of parliament to ask it approve a loan that has pitted the chief towards lawmakers in a rustic with one of many world’s highest homicide charges.
Earlier than his entry, armed police and troopers with rifles and carrying physique armor entered the chamber and stood guard – a transfer not seen because the finish of the nation’s civil conflict in 1992.
“If these good-for-nothings (lawmakers) do not approve the Territorial Control Plan this week we will call them to hold a session again next Sunday,” Bukele mentioned in a speech to supporters outdoors the parliament.
Bukele, who took workplace final June, has pledged to sort out gang violence and intends utilizing the loan to higher equip the army and police, however lawmakers refused to sit for an additional session over the weekend to debate the problem.
Bukele additionally known as on supporters to collect outdoors parliament and assist strain the politicians.
“When officials break the constitutional order, the Salvadoran people have the right to insurrection to remove those officials,” Bukele mentioned.
The presence of troops prompted worldwide cries of concern.
Amnesty Worldwide mentioned in an announcement posted on Twitter that the army presence “could mark the beginning of a dangerous route for institutions and for human rights in the country.”
The European Union, in the meantime, expressed “great concern” over the “confrontation” between Salvadoran establishments.
El Salvador is without doubt one of the world’s most harmful nations – excluding these enduring an armed battle – with a median of 35.6 homicides per 100,000 individuals final yr.