Biden’s special envoy for the Northern Triangle, Ricardo Zúñiga, will visit El Salvador between Monday and Wednesday in the midst of the political crisis that the Central American country is experiencing due to the recent dismissals of judges of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and the attorney general.
In a brief statement released Monday, the State Department said that Zuniga will meet during his visit with members of the Salvadoran Executive Branch, as well as with representatives of the private sector to discuss “areas of mutual interest”, such as “strengthening democratic governance and respect for human rights”.
Likewise, he added, he will discuss “the fight against corruption” and will analyze “economic opportunities to solve the root causes of migration.”
Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris stated that her country is evaluating a response to the events in El Salvador, while remarking that an independent judiciary “is crucial” for a healthy democracy and a strong economy.
Harris was appointed by President Biden in March as the White House’s top official in charge of immigration and relations with the Northern Triangle countries (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras), but so far the vice-president has not traveled to the border.
El Salvador entered a political crisis since the ruling party took the reins of the Congress for the new period 2021-2024 at the beginning of the month and, as a first action, voted the dismissal of the magistrates with whom the Salvadoran president, Nayib Bukele, had clashed last year, which has been criticized as a blow to the system of separation of powers.
After the impeachment became known, the Constitutional Chamber issued a ruling declaring the vote against him unconstitutional, an action that several lawyers believe nullifies the vote.
The UN and the European Union have already expressed their concern about what is happening in El Salvador, adding to the concern expressed by the Organization of American States (OAS).