The El Salvador congress passed a law overnight to speed up the reopening of the country’s economy before a June 6 target proposed by President Nayib Bukele, who quickly threatened to veto the legislation, declaring that it was too early.
Passed with 63 of the 84 possible votes, the law provides measures for a gradual return to normal in El Salvador, which has imposed some of the most severe foreclosure measures in the Americas.
The law would come into force eight days after its promulgation, but Bukele said it was too risky to reopen the country of Central America so soon, and said on Twitter that it would cause a massive contagion of Salvadorans if it entered into force. force.
“Thank goodness I can veto,” he wrote.
The 38-year-old president said on Monday that he would present a proposal to Congress to launch a gradual reopening of the economy from June 6, in return for legislators’ approval for another 15 days of measures. strict quarantine.
Bukele has spent the past few days getting rid of the congress as to who should dictate the terms of the lockdown.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled against Bukele’s weekend decision to extend the state of emergency without obtaining congressional approval.
He also said he would abide by a Supreme Court decision earlier today to suspend the state of emergency he had declared this weekend, when previous orders were to expire without approval of Congress.
The renewal would have kept the emergency declaration in effect for the next 30 days, extending measures such as school suspensions and the ban on traveling to certain areas where the number of infections is high.
These and other drastic actions – such as relstartling photos of gang members sitting half-naked on the prison floor as punishment – have sparked criticism that BukelHe showed authoritarian tendencies and exceeded his powers.
The Supreme Court said in its order that the decision was temporary pending further review.
BukelHe said he would come up with the plan to kick-start the economy at Tuesday’s convention, provided it followed a strict two-week lockout.
“It must be approved this Thursday by the congress so that we can have a strict and total quarantine for 15 days to lower the curve and defend the health of Salvadoryears, “he said at a press conference.
The country has 1,338 confirmed cases of infection and 30 known coronavirus-reldeceased deaths.