[El Salvador] President Bukele Vetoes Coronavirus Law

09 JUN 2020

Nayib Bukele the Salvadoran President has vetoed emergency legislation passed to regulate the Central American country’s coronavirus policy and introduce a gradual reopening of its economy, News Brig reports.

This is the second time President Bukele has made such a veto. Conan Castro - the president's legal counsel - said Bukele had vetoed the law, which was backed on May 30 by Congress, because it breached a number of constitutional guarantees including the rights and health of workers and cooperation between organs of government.

Mr Castro made the comments when addressing reporters at a news conference in San Salvador, alongside other members of Bukele’s legal team.

President Bukele has been at loggerheads with Congress for weeks over coronavirus policy and he vetoed a similar law in May on the basis that it put the public’s health at risk. He had said he would do the same with the law passed last weekend.

The president of El Salvador has reportedly imposed some of the toughest measures in the Americas against the COVID-19 pandemic and he has repeatedly clashed with lawmakers over the scope of the lockdown he is pursuing.

Rolando Castro - the Labor Minister - told reporters at a separate news conference in San Salvador that President Bukele’s administration is also ready to sanction any companies restarting operations without proper authorization this week.

Source: News Brig

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