The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, with a large pro-government majority, approved on Tuesday a special law that will allow Salvadorans living abroad to be candidates for the Presidency, Vice Presidency, Legislative Assembly and mayors.
The initiative was approved with 77 votes of the 84 deputies that make up the legislative body after a week of discussion in the Commission on Electoral and Constitutional Reforms.
“The right of Salvadorans abroad to run for popularly elected positions is recognized and guaranteed,” reads the legislative decree, which will be applied from the 2024 elections.
The political parties must, according to the norm, establish the mechanisms for their affiliation and nomination to compete for candidates in primary elections.
On the other hand, the regulations allow Salvadorans living abroad to vote in legislative and municipal elections, previously they could only vote in presidential commissions.
It is estimated that more than 2.5 million Salvadorans live outside the country, mainly in the United States, and annually send more than $ 5 billion in remittances.