Who's competing for power in 2022?
As electoral years go 2022 is set to be unusually quiet in Latin America. Those elections that are scheduled to take place, however, are likely to be loud and noisy affairs.
“The dictatorship is consummated”. This was the response by Oscar Ortiz, the secretary general of El Salvador’s left-wing opposition Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), to a 3 September ruling by the constitutional chamber (SC) of the supreme court (CSJ) lifting the ban on consecutive presidential re-election. President Nayib Bukele, who took office in June 2019, will now be able to seek a further term in 2024. The decision is the latest outcome of the assumption in May of a new legislature controlled by Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas (NI), which swiftly dismissed the previous SC. No other constitution in the region is quite so emphatic in barring presidential re-election, but the SC got around this by questioning the validity of the constitution itself. The supreme electoral court (TSE) upheld the SC’s ruling and Bukele’s power grab was complete.
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