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(CNN Spanish) - The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, extended the National Emergency Law with an executive decree for an additional 30 days, as confirmed in a press conference on Saturday by his legal secretary, Conan Castro.
The extension was announced just a few minutes before the expiration of the original decree approved by the Legislative Assembly.
Opposition groups denounced Bukele's extension, and the Nation's Attorney General's Office said it would file a "decree of unconstitutionality" with the Supreme Court, according to a statement released Sunday morning.
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Deputy Yancy Urbina, of the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, said in a statement that Bukele's decision to extend the emergency measures is "another dark chapter in the book on the lack of respect for democracy that it characterizes the Bukele government. ”
The Emergency Law empowers the President to make direct purchases without the need to carry out a bidding process and empowers the Ministry of Finance to make transfers between ministries.
The Mandatory Household Quarantine Law, which restricts public mobility, will expire on Tuesday, May 19.
Merlin Delcid in El Salvador and and Majia Ehlinger of CNN in Atlanta contributed to this report.