Photo: El Salvador Supreme Court
El Salvador’s Supreme Court is disbanding two formerly powerful political parties, both of which are at least 50 years old because neither won the minimum level of votes in the 2004 presidential election. The court declared that the centrist Christian Democratic Party and conservative National Conciliation Party didn’t meet the 3 percent threshold required.
The decision has been six years in review and although leaders of both parties denounced it, no appeal is possible.
El Salvador is currently governed by the guerrilla group-turned-political party Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. Its primary rival is the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance.