On Monday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined with fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill to warn about the current political crisis in El Salvador.
Since taking office almost two years ago, President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has grown increasingly powerful.
Over the past weekend, El Salvador’s National Assembly voted to remove five supreme court justices and Attorney General Raul Melara for opposing Bukele on health policies.
Rubio, the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, who leads the GOP on the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee, weighed in with a joint statement on Monday. Joining them were U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who leads Republicans on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the U.S. House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.
“We are deeply concerned about the process through which the Salvadoran National Assembly has replaced the attorney general and the members of the Constitutional Court in El Salvador,” they said. “Gratuitous actions that undermine the independence of the judiciary negatively impact our longstanding partnership to improve transparency, security, and economic conditions in that nation. The Biden administration must engage with all political actors in El Salvador in order to have a productive dialogue that strengthens the nation’s democratic institutions and transparent governance.”
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