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Constitutions of El Salvador

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El Salvador has functioned under fifteen constitutions since it achieved independence from Spain in the early 19th century. The vast majority of these documents were drafted and promulgated without the benefit of broad popular input or electoral mandate. The nature of the country's elite-dominated political system and the personalistic rule of presidents drawn from either the oligarchy or the military accounted for the relatively short life span of most of these documents. Some of them were drafted solely to provide a quasi-legal basis for the extension of a president's term, whereas others were created to legitimize seizures of power on an ex post facto basis.
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    • Constitutions, 1824 to 1885 

    • Constitutions, 1886 to 1983