At present, El Salvador takes the attention of the so-called “international community” after its president Nayib Bukele, after obtaining a majority in parliament, undertook a series of actions that point to a restructuring of the Salvadoran State that maintained its status quo during governments. of traditional right-wing parties and leaders of the pacified guerrilla of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (Fmln), turned into a political organization.
Bukele until May 3, the day on which the removal and replacement of all the magistrates of the Supreme Court of El Salvador by the deputies related to the Central American president, had been one of the members of this "international community ", Where he was praised for his management and promoted as an example of the new generations of" millennial rulers. "
This episode of understanding highlights the meeting he held on September 26, 2019 with the then US President, Donald Trump, whom he described as "friendly" and "cool" and with whom he shared between laughter and mutual praise his views on relations of Latin America and the United States.
This alignment of Bukele with the continental right was expressed shortly after his meeting with Trump when his government decided to acknowledge the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó and ordered the expulsion of the Venezuelan diplomats, alleging that this "international community" that today questions and accuses of " hypocritical and cynical, "he pointed out to President Nicolás Maduro of carrying out" systematic violations of human rights. "
After this tweet and showing his affinity with Trump's racist, xenophobic and sarcastic expressions, he made fun of the departure of the Venezuelan diplomats, ensuring that they carried their suitcases full of hygiene items to alleviate the Venezuelan shortage.
From left to right
The diatribe that Bukele stars today with his former allies of the “international community” is similar to the one he carried out with the Salvadoran left with which he became mayor of Nuevo Cuscatlán (2012-2015) and San Salvador (2015-2018) and where he was active thanks to his father Armando Bukele Kattán, a leftist militant who was a friend of the leader of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (Fmln) Shafick Handal.
In October 2017, Bukele was expelled from the Fmln and although he appears as a center-leftist, he ends up being the presidential candidate of the Grand Alliance for National Unity, a party that emerged from a split from the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance.
Fully identified with the right, he manages to obtain the presidency and it is not until 2021 that he begins to take actions that concern the traditional parties of the left and right of El Salvador, but also the "international community" that set off its alarms after the surprising rapprochement that Bukele has fostered with the Chinese government.
He takes and gives me with Almagro
Among the actions that "concern" the United States and its allies in the "international community" is Bukele's break with the Organization of American States (OAS) with which he shared decisions, opinions and promoted initiatives for missions in El Salvador.
In a kind of “give and take” Bukele and Luis Almagro face a war that was initially limited to microphones with statements such as the one made by the OAS Secretary General who said: “If President Bukele acts incorrectly in the next times, I would take the road where Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia already are ”.
In response, Bukele announced El Salvador's withdrawal from the agreement with the OAS for the International Commission against Impunity and Corruption, but went further and with the support of Salvadoran justice executed the arrest of Ernesto Muyshondt, a former Salvadoran mayor accused of financing criminal gangs who served as Almagro's advisor at the OAS.
"The OAS has no intention of fighting impunity," said Bukele, who accused Almagro of "promoting a political agenda" within El Salvador using Muyshondt and Salvadoran criminal gangs for this.
The threat of the Democratic Charter
Another representative of the organizations of the “international community” that launched against Bukele is the director of Human Right What (HRW) José Miguel Vivanco, who expressed his support for Almagro and asked the Salvadoran executive to activate the Inter-American Democratic Charter for considering that there is a attempt to concentrate power.
In response to these attacks and questions, the Salvadoran president maintained that these organizations "are not what they paint" and regretted having previously endorsed them in their decisions and opinions with respect to other countries.
“The international community as a whole is hypocritical and cynical (…). While in other countries the protesters are slaughtered and silent, then one realizes that all this from the international community and all this from international organizations are not what they paint us. Did I know it two years ago? No! I did not know but now I do know, "he said at a press conference.
This mea culpa of the Salvadoran president, who went from being a darling of the "international community" to the club of the "bad boys" of the continent, was commented on by former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, who is one of those attacked by these organizations.
Where it goes?
All this history of Bukele and the "international community" also includes the right and left of his country where both in an unusual alliance accuse him of promoting a "coup against the institutionality", while the governments of Latin America avoid pronouncements to the Regarding the waiting to know what ideological course the Salvadoran president will take after the collapse of the idyll he had with the United States, Europe and the OAS.