El Salvador Extends State of Emergency to Tackle Gangs

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – El Salvador prolonged a state of emergency pushed by President Nayib Bukele on Wednesday, with lawmakers overwhelmingly backing the measure that may give safety forces additional powers to combat gangs.

Bukele’s allies in Congress simply handed it, with 67 lawmakers within the 84-seat government-controlled legislature voting for the extension of emergency powers, which critics say violates the due course of rights of over 34,500 alleged gang members who’ve been arrested since March.

(Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Writing by Brendan O’Boyle; Modifying by David Alire Garcia and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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