The President of El Salvador Reassures Defenders of Life and Marriage

September 22, 2021
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele

In a message posted on his Facebook account, Nayib Bekele, President of El Salvador since June 1, 2019, affirms his convictions regarding the constitutional reform project that he must soon defend in parliament, and prepared by the vice-president of the Republic.

Born July 24, 1981 in San Salvador, Nayib Bukele is the son of a businessman of Palestinian origin, a Christian who converted to Islam and became an imam, and an influential figure in the political life and in the Muslim community of the country.

Nayib Bukele’s religious views were the subject of much speculation in the 2019 presidential election: some photos showed him praying in a mosque in Mexico City. However, he declares that he does not belong to any religion but believes in Jesus Christ.

In his Facebook post, the president affirms the need to change D’Aubuisson’s Constitution to build the future of his country.

However, in the face of rumors and the campaign that credit him with planning to “endorse abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia,” he defends himself.

He told his fellow citizens: “I would not suggest any of these things, even if I am under international pressure. … I was not involved in the creation of this constitutional reform bill, but it is up to me to review it, consult it and modify it, before sending it to the deputies for consideration.”

To avoid any dispute or doubt about his intentions, he adds that he will not propose “any type of reform to any article which has to do with the right to life, from conception, with marriage, which unites a man and a woman,  or with euthanasia.”

He indicates the content of the project: “the guarantee of the right to water, to clean air, to quality education, to health, to housing, to access to the Internet, to financial inclusion, non-usurious credit, security, food, a fair salary, and a decent retirement pension.”

But also the obligation for “any future government to invest in health, education, access to technology, to protect the environment, to clean up and keep our rivers and beaches clean, and not to destroy what remains of our forests.”

Finally “the participation of the population in decision-making, which gives them real political rights, and which they do not currently have.”

In this country, the smallest in Central America, marked by a long civil war (1980-1992), which led to poverty and chaos, the Catholic Church is an important stabilizing factor. In a recent statement, the Salvadoran bishops, among other points, warned against any constitutional changes affecting life or marriage.

The president seems to have heard them.