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Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)

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RESERVE, ROODY. El Salvador: Between Continuity and Disappointement. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.1, pp.151-169. ISSN 0718-090X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-090X2012000100008.

2010 and 2011 have been two convulsive years for El Salvador. In 2010 the institutional crisis and confrontation between the Legislative and Judicial Organs were the most salient political events. Four Judgesfrom the Constitutional Court were considered in contempt with the Legislative, which is considered in El Salvador as thefirst Organ of the State. Had it not beenfor intense pressures from organized actors in the Civil Society, the deputies would have dismissed the judges, for having dared to decide in electoral matters, consider to be the sole responsibility ofthe legislators. 2011 ended with the president's decision to put the military in charge ofpublic security. This decision triggered an avalanche of resignationfrom members of his security cabinet and harsh criticism of the local human rights organizations. In 2011 the experiment to promote a leftist and new concept to curb violence in El Salvador was aborted. During these two years clashes between the President, Mauricio Funes and its party Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) have kept attention of observers.

Keywords : Supreme Court; Legislative; violence; public security; civil society; crisis.

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