"Washington is concerned about El Salvador's democracy. An independent judiciary is vital to a healthy democracy and a strong economy," Harris tweeted.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also reacted to Bukele's decision to remove Salvadoran Attorney General Raul Melara.
"We urge President Bukele not to interrupt El Salvador's democratic path, respect the separation of powers, defend the press, and support the private sector," he alerted.
For our expert @welpita, the inter-institutional conflicts in Guatemala & El Salvador differ in many aspects, specially the popular support that Giammattei lacks and Bukele gets, but they are similar in threaten the independence of the Judicial Power and, accordingly, democracy . https://t.co/oDkPedUQgX
— Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (@AHDCentre)
May 3, 2021
On Saturday, legislators of the New Ideas ruling party took control of Parliament for the 2021-2024 term. In their first action, they dismissed those magistrates with whom Bukele had clashes over the last year.
"We are facing a new coup d'état, endorsed by President Bukele and executed by lawmakers from those parties aligned with his administration," twenty-five social organizations condemned in a joint statement.
"This is not how things are done in a democratic state," U.S. President Joe Biden's advisor on Latin America affairs Juan Gonzalez said, adding that the ousted officers were effective partners in fighting crime in the U.S. and El Salvador.