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El Salvador Defends Firing Attorney General, Top Judges

  • U.S. and Organization of American States have criticized move
  • Bukele contends U.S. has a skewed view of Salvadoran politics
Nayib Bukele

Nayib Bukele

Photographer: Stanley Estrada/AFP/Getty Images

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El Salvador President Nayib Bukele defended his party’s removal of the attorney general and five top judges, saying the country’s constitution allows congress to do so and that the U.S. and other critics have a skewed view of what happened.

He said the dismissed attorney general, Raul Melara, had been chosen by Arena, the opposition political party, which he called unethical, and accused him of carrying out his work in a partisan manner. Salvadoran law allows congress to remove constitutional judges and the attorney general with a two-thirds legislative vote, which was surpassed on Saturday with the backing of 64 of 84 lawmakers.