A Jesuit university rector has called on the young and popular president of El Salvador to stop picking fights with other branches of government and to start showing some accountability during the Covid-19 crisis.
In a series of videos uploaded to social media on 7th June, Fr Andreu Oliva, rector of the Jesuit Jose Simeon Canas Central American University in El Salvador, issued a blistering assessment of the first year in office for President Nayib Bukele, whose poll numbers have hovered around 90 per cent since taking power on 1st June 2019.
“Throughout this year, the president has spent more time criticising and fighting with other powers of the state – especially (with) the legislative assembly, which governs the country, and with this, he’s committed serious violations of the rule of law,” Fr Oliva said.
Bukele, the rector added, has showed “clear immaturity and the inability to govern a country like this”.
The comments raised rare public criticism from members of the Salvadoran Church toward the president, but come as critics accuse Bukele of accumulating power and as the country battles through the Covid-19 crisis.
Picture: El Salvador President Nayib Bukele participates in a news conference on 26th May 2020, in San Salvador during a nationwide Covid-19 quarantine. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters).