Locksmiths open doors to Supreme Court
It took a locksmith to get him through the doors, but Ovidio Bonilla, purported to take up the presidency of El Salvador's Supreme Court today. He was accompanied by Sigfrido Reyes, the president of the National Assembly from the FMLN. It was the National Assembly's vote in April 2012 which placed Bonilla in this position. The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has declared that April vote invalid.
Today El Salvador has two competing Supreme Courts. One with Bonilla and the magistrates from the 2006 and 2012 elections declared invalid by the Constitutional Chamber. The other with former president Belarmino Jaime and magistrates and substitutes elected in 2009. That court is led by Florentín Meléndez, who was named interim president after the expiration of Jaime's term this weekend.