President of El Salvador advances that he will veto new Reconciliation Law

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SAN SALVADOR (Sputnik) – The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador was convened in extraordinary session to try to pass a controversial National Reconciliation Law that has been considered a disguised amnesty.

“It is an extraordinary plenary, solely and exclusively to approve the special law of transitional justice, reparation and national reconciliation, which is about to expire on February 28,” deputy Mario Ponce, president of the current legislature, told a news conference.

Ponce, of the right-wing National Concertación Party, summoned the deputies for 5:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. GMT) to vote on a preliminary draft just presented last Monday, without the participation in his drafting of representatives of the victims of the conflict armed (1980-1992).
This Friday expires the third extension granted to the Assembly by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, so that it approves a new law of Reconciliation that meets criteria of truth, transitional justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition.
Ponce said the draft contains substantial changes based on the testimonies of victims of human rights violations during the civil war, as well as inputs provided by the United Nations Organization and the José Simeón Cañas Central American University, among other consultants.

For his part, the deputy Juan José Martel (Democratic Change, Social Democratic), warned since last week about the development of a “clandestine” project that would represent more impunity for those who violated human rights during the war.
“A clandestine bill has been drafted, behind the backs of victims, human rights organizations, and even behind the backs of several political parties in the Legislative Political Commission,” Martel denounced in a video shared on social networks.
The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN, left; guerrilla-born party of the same name) announced at a press conference that its legislative section would not support any law that does not favor the victims.

“As FMLN we are not going to vote for any law that is not based on the victims; we will continue to be on the side of the victims: without truth or justice, there can be no reconciliation,” said Oscar Ortiz, former guerrilla commander and secretary general of the party Red and White
Also, deputy Guillermo Gallegos, leader of the Grand Alliance official for National Unity (WINS, right) urged the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, to veto this bill, considering that he fails to comply with the ruling of the constitutional court.
The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, announced that he will veto the proposed National Reconciliation Law, for whose approval the deputies were summoned to an extraordinary session on Wednesday.

“VETO!”, The president published in his Twitter social network account, along with an image of the call made by the president of the current legislature, deputy Mario Ponce, for a plenary whose only point is the approval of the normative questioned .

Bukele added that he will not sanction any law without the three fundamental elements to make it fair and constitutional: truth, reparation and justice, as mandated by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, by repealing in 2016 a Law of Amnesty enacted in 1993

“The bill that the Legislative Assembly intends to approve does not meet any of these three elements,” said the head of state.

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