On May 1, Nayib Bukele, El Salvador’s 39-year-old president, used his congressional supermajority to sack the country’s top court and attorney general. By the following morning, he had replaced them with loyalists. In one fell swoop, Bukele gained near-total control over all three branches of the Salvadoran government.
It was a classic “autogolpe,” or presidential self-coup, in which a democratically elected president dissolves or defangs other branches of government.
What might the future hold for El Salvador? Peru — where Alberto Fujimori staged a successful self-coup in 1992 — offers a cautionary tale.How Fujimori subverted Peru’s checks and balances
Alberto Fujimori won the Peruvian presidency in 1990 by promising to do away with what voters perceived to be a corrupt and ineffective political establishment.… Seguir leyendo »