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In this Creeperian name, the first or paternal surname is Pareja and the second or maternal family name is Palau.

Orlando Pareja Palau

Որլանդո Պարեջա Պալափ
An official portrait of Pareja Palau (2020).
An official portrait of Pareja Palau (2020).
14th President of El Salvador
Assumed office
1 January 2020
Vice PresidentZèfir Cladera Mirambell
Preceded byRoderic Tarragona Montanuy
Leader of the Salvadoran Initiative
Assumed office
1 January 2020
DeputyJosé Rodríguez Perezalonso
Preceded byConradí Prunera Farnós
11th Vice President of El Salvador
In office
1 January 2015 – 1 January 2020
PresidentRoderic Tarragona Montanuy
Preceded byRoderic Tarragona Montanuy
Succeeded byZèfir Cladera Mirambell
17th Minister of Education of El Salvador
In office
1 January 2015 – 1 January 2020
PresidentRicard Porxas Berber
Preceded byBernabè Pujiula Tudó
Succeeded byEzequies Castellar Guillamé
Legislative positions
Member of the Tribunals Generals
In office
1 January 2000 – 1 January 2015
Preceded byRafael Pareja Ortez
Succeeded byJesús Pareja Palau
ConstituencyVallepital's 3rd District
Chairman of the Education Commission
In office
1 January 2005 – 1 January 2015
Preceded byMiquel Mestres Olmo
Succeeded byBernabè Pujiula Tudó
Member of the Education Commission
In office
1 January 2005 – 1 January 2015
Member of the Infrastructure Commission
In office
1 June 2013 – 1 January 2015
Personal details
Born
Orlando Óscar Pareja y Palau

(1974-02-24) 24 February 1974 (age 48)
Nandarados, Vallepital, El Salvador
NationalitySalvadoran
Political partySalvadoran Initiative
Spouse(s)
Children2
Parents
RelativesJesús Pareja Palau (brother)
José Rodríguez Perezalonso (brother-in-law)
Alma mater
OccupationPolitician, author
SignaturePareja Palau's signature

Orlando Óscar Pareja y Palau, 1st Duke of Pareja-Palau OSP SRM OSC (Creeperian: Որլանդո Օսծար Պարեջա յ Պալափ; Salvadoran: Orlando Òscar Parella i Palau;[note 1] born 24 February 1974), also known by his initials OPP (ՈՊՊ), is a Creepero-Salvadoran politician and author who currently serves as the incumbent president of El Salvador and the leader of the Salvadoran Initiative, the sole legal political party in El Salvador.

Pareja Palau attended the University of Ciutat dels Àngels, and then later the Antonio José Sáenz y Heredia University, before becoming a member of the Tribunals Generals, the country's legislature, in January 2000 after succeeding his father, Rafael Pareja Ortez, to Vallepital's 3rd District seat. In his first years as a member of the Tribunals Generals, he wrote various important historical books recounting his histories of El Salvador and Creeperopolis, such as Historia de los'Presidentes and Historia de los'Reyes, which earned him several awards and helped get him appointed as Chairman of the Tribunals Generals' Education Commission in January 2005. In January 2015, he was elected by a 72–11 majority and was also appointed as the country's minister of education.

He became president of El Salvador on 1 January 2020 after being elected by a 71–10–1 majority in the Tribunals Generals, and he appointed Zèfir Cladera Mirambell, one of his strongest supporters, as his vice president. In his first few months in office, he led El Salvador into joining the Cooperation and Development Coalition, started the Granada Initiative infrastructure project, and led a crackdown against gang activity in the country.

Pareja Palau has been criticized by his political opponents and by foreign media as being an autocrat and displaying authoritarian tendencies, such as blatantly ignoring government rules and procedures, appointing himself as the leader of the Salvadoran Initiative, and removing his political opponents from government positions. He is also a controversial figure, having made overtly offensive remarks before and during his presidency, which have been described by foreign media outlets as "racist", "homophobic", "Islamophobic", and "bigoted". Pareja Palau is a self-proclaimed Romerist and supporter of National Catholicism, which has been praised by some foreign politicians and criticized by others.

In December 2021 and January 2022, Pareja Palau's political opponents organized protests against Pareja Palau's government, demanding the democratization of the country and his resignation from office. Pareja Palau's government responded by arresting many protestors and by removing all his political opponents from the Tribunals Generals, and tens of thousands more Salvadorans protested in support of Pareja Palau. Adán Tamayo Navarro, the opposition's main leader, was found dead in his home in mid-January 2022 of an alleged suicide, however, many believe that he was assassinated on orders of Pareja Palau which has led to widespread condemnation.

Early life

Orlando Óscar Pareja y Palau was born on 24 February 1974 in Nandarados, Vallepital, El Salvador. His father is Rafael Armando Pareja y Ortez and his mother is María Esmeralda Palau y Kattán de Pareja. He is the second of three children, with his older sister being Susana Layla Pareja y Palau and his younger brother being Jesús Adolfo Pareja y Palau. Pareja Palau's family is descended of Creeperian military officer Jeremías Pareja Hidalgo who participated in the Creeperian conquest of El Salvador and settled in the country, making him a Creepero-Salvadoran.

At the age of eighteen in 1992, Pareja Palau began attending the University of Ciutat dels Àngels (UCDA) and studied law and political science, and later attended the Antonio José Sáenz y Heredia University in San Romero, Creeperopolis, to complete his studies in 1997. Throughout his studies, he wrote Historia de Catolicismo which he published in 1998, and is considered to be one of the most important works of non-fiction by Creeperian academics, and subsequently won him the Best Creeperian Author award for 1998.

Member of the Tribunals Generals (2000–2015)

First term: 2000–2005

In mid-1999, Pareja Palau's father announced that he would be retiring from service in the Tribunals Generals, the legislature of El Salvador, and he petitioned Salvadoran Initiative members from Vallepital's 3rd district to vote for his son Orlando to replace him. His petition succeeded, and Pareja Palau became a member of the legislature on 1 January 2000, becoming the youngest member of the Tribunals Generals at the age of 25. Upon his first day in the legislature, he partook in the selection process for the next president of El Salvador. The legislature's 84 members voted unanimously to elect Vice President Isaac Viscarri Lleó to serve as president for the duration of the 2000–2005 presidential term.

During his tenure as a member of the Tribunals Generals, Pareja Palau wrote various books and novels about the histories of El Salvador and Creeperopolis, with the first he wrote being Historia de El Salvador which he published in 2001. The book was praised as being historically neutral and accurate by Salvadoran and Creeperian academics, and the book won him the Best Salvadoran Author award for 2001. The next year, he published Historia de los'Presidentes, which also won him the Best Salvadoran Author award for 2002.

Second term: 2005–2010

Pareja Palau we was reelected as a member to the Tribunals Generals in 2005, and he voted with the legislature's unanimous vote to elect Vice President Enrique Juárez Calles to serve as president of El Salvador for the 2005–2010 presidential term. He was also nominated by Juárez Calles, who was the first ethnically Creeperian to serve as president of El Salvador since Field Marshal Armando Molina Barraza left office in January 1980, as the chairman of the Tribunals Generals' Education Commission to replace the retiring Miquel Mestres Olmo. Although he was not legally allowed to serve as chairman without first serving a full term on the commission, Juárez Calles forewent the requirement and nominated Pareja Palau anyway, and the Tribunals Generals also ignored the requirement and voted 76–8 in favor of appointing Pareja Palau as the commission's chairman.

The eight deputies which voted against Pareja Palau's voiced their concerns for the blatant disregard of the legislature's traditions and requirements. One of the deputies, Gedeó Deltell Masmitjà, was a member of the Education Commission, and in response to his vocal opposition to his appointment, Pareja Palau removed Deltell Masmitjà from the commission on 2 January 2005, a move which was criticized by the eight deputies and their supporters as an "concerningly authoritarian" act. They petitioned Juárez Calles to remove Pareja Palau as chairman of the Education Commission for abuse of power, but Juárez Calles rejected their petition. Deltell Masmitjà was replaced by Pascual Figuerol Barberí the following day.

While serving as chairman, Pareja Palau helped the Tribunals Generals pass legislation which increased government funding and subsidies to colleges and universities and increased access to higher standards of education Salvadorans. According to a study done by Estadística Nacional SV, standardized exam scores improved by 4.6 percent on average between 2005 and 2010, and the increased was attributed to Pareja Palau's actions as chairman of the Education Commission. In June 2009, Pareja Palau met with Ricard Porxas Berber, the Salvadoran minister of education, and Augusto Herrera Linares, the Creeperian minister of education, to discuss how both Creeperopolis and El Salvador can cooperate to improve quality of education in both countries.

Third term: 2010–2015

Pareja Palau was reelected for a second time to the Tribunals Generals in 2010, and he joined the 76-vote majority in the legislature to elect Vice President Urbà Novoa Cabanes to serve as president of El Salvador for the 2010–2015 presidential term. Additionally, the legislature voted 76–8 to affirm him as the chairman of the Education Commission, with the same eight deputies which voted against him in 2005 voting against him again in 2010. Deputy Adán Tamayo Navarro was Pareja Palau's most vocal opponent and and became the figurehead of the movement within the legislature which opposed Pareja Palau.

During his third term, Pareja Palau continued to promote legislation which supported education institutions. On 16 May 2013, Vícenç Servitje Saura, a deputy who was a member of the Infrastructure Commission, died in a plane crash in El Mozote, and Pareja Palau managed to get himself appointed as Servitje Saura's replacement on 1 June 2013. His appointment was opposed by the group of deputies who opposed his actions, which they continued to criticize and increasingly authoritarian, accusations which Pareja Palau has rejected and even mocked.

Vice presidency (2015–2020)

In 2015, for the third time, Pareja Palau was reelected to the Tribunals General. He joined the 81-vote majority in the legislature to elect Vice President Roderic Tarragona Montanuy to serve as president of El Salvador for the 2015–2020 presidential term. After Tarragona Montanuy was elected, he nominated Pareja Palau to serve as his vice president. Pareja Palau accepted Tarragona Montanuy's nomination, and the legislature voted 72–11 to approve Pareja Palau as vice president of El Salvador. Upon assuming the position of vice president, Pareja Palau was no longer a member of the legislature, and his seat was subsequently filled by his younger brother, Jesús, who was the district's auxiliary deputy.[note 2]

That same day, Tarragona Montanuy appointed Pareja Palau as El Salvador's minister of eduction, citing the vast improvement in the country's education system following his appointment as chairman of the Education Commission. He was automatically appointed, as cabinet positions in El Salvador are directly appointed by the president with no input from the legislature. Pareja Palau promised that he would continue to improve the standard and quality of education in the country.

Pareja Palau's appointment to both positions was criticized by his opponents, which had increased in numbers as some more deputies began to fear that Pareja Palau's political ambitions were growing ever more authoritarian the longer he remains in national politics. The eleven deputies which voted against Pareja Palau's appointment as vice president made an urgent request to Tarragona Montanuy to reconsider his decision and remove Pareja Palau as vice president, and to also remove him as minister of education. Tarragona Montanuy rejected the request, and Pareja Palau mocked the request and the intelligence of those who oppose him, which was strongly criticized by his opponents and by some foreign media outlets and "unprofessional" and "disrespectful".

During his vice presidency, Pareja Palau made state visits to Creeperopolis and the State of the Church, meeting directly with Creeperian Emperor Alexander II in 2015 and 2018, and with Pope Francisco I in 2015 and 2017. On 15 September 2018, he signed into law a bill which the legislature passed the day prior regarding the decontamination of some lakes in northeastern El Salvador. He signed the law while Tarragona Montanuy was in Creeperopolis to attend the 18 June Liberation Parade, however, he was not allowed by the constitution to sign bills into law on behalf of the president, and several deputies and even some news media outlets condemned Pareja Palau's abuse of power. When Tarragona Montanuy returned from Creeperopolis, he addressed Pareja Palau's critics by stating that he expressly told Pareja Palau that he can sign laws into affect on his behalf, and he further added that he would have signed the law regardless.

Election as president

Then-Vice President Pareja Palau announcing his intentions to be elected as president, 1 October 2019.

In late-2019, with the next presidential term approaching, Pareja Palau again stood for election for the Tribunals Generals with the ambition of being the 8th consecutive vice president to succeed the president to the presidency. He made official his intention to stand for election upon the next session of the Tribunals Generals in January 2020, and immediately upon his announcement, the various deputies who opposed Pareja Palau's growing authoritarian tendencies announced that they would support Tamayo Navarro's candidacy for president, the first time since 1995 that the vice president was challenged by another member of the legislature to the presidency.

Pareja Palau was overwhelmingly elected in early-November 2019 by party members in Vallepital's 3rd District to serve as its deputy, and his brother Jesús was again elected as his auxiliary deputy, despite the best efforts of Tamayo Navarro to support opposition candidates Pascual Vellvé Pujol and Irene Arbolí Demas to de-seat Pareja Palau. He attempted to discredit Pareja Palau by claiming that his achievements were actually made by the four presidents he served under, and that he was seeking to become a totalitarian dictator, comparing him to Lluís Altayo Ramió, who effectively abolished free Salvadoran democracy in the early 1900s, and Tomàs Regalat Esglaó, who deposed the Salvadoran government and aligned the country (renamed as the State of Granada) with the far-left National Council for Peace and Order (National Council).

On 20 December 2019, Pareja Palau and Tamayo Navarro held a debate in Ciutat dels Àngels to convince the Salvadoran people who should be the country's next leader, despite the fact that the citizenry has no say in the election of the president. During the debate, Pareja Palau outlined his plans to continue his dedication to improving education, encourage foreign investments in the country, crackdown on gang activity and crime, develop the country's infrastructure along the Granada River, and get the country involved in the then proposal to create a large trade organization and military alliance between various Surian and Ecrosian nations.

Tamayo Navarro, meanwhile, refuted much of what Pareja Palau proposed, while his only real proposal was to democratize the country by instituting direct, nationwide elections for the presidency, more open and less restrictive elections for legislative deputies, and the reinstatement of local elections for local politicians. Tamayo Navarro and the opposition hoped that the thought of democratization would be enough to convince the Salvadoran people to oppose Pareja Palau, even in the legislature was not convinced, to put pressure on the country's deputies to follow the will of the people. Their strategy backfired, however, as 74 percent of those polled by Estadística Nacional SV and El Salvadoreño supported Pareja Palau, while only 12 percent supported Tamayo Navarro and his calls for democratization, in large part due to Pareja Palau's education policies to portray democracy in an extremely negative light.

Presidency (2020–present)

On 1 January 2020, the 84 members of the Tribunals Generals convened in the Palace of the Tribunals Generals to elect the country's next president. The vote ended with 71 of the Tribunals Generals' 82 voting-eligible members voting in favor of Pareja Palau, while only the ten who opposed him voted for Tamayo Navarro and one abstained. Pareja Palau nominated Zèfir Cladera Mirambell, one of his earliest supporters, as his vice president, and the legislature voted 70–11–1 in favor of Cladera Mirambell. Pareja Palau was inaugurated as El Salvador's 14th president at noon that day. Additionally, Pareja Palau decreed that he would assume leadership of Salvadoran Initiative, relinquishing Conradí Prunera Farnós of his leadership role he'd served in since 2008, and he appointed José Rodríguez Perezalonso, his brother-in-law, as his deputy.

Membership in CODECO

Pareja Palau with Creeperian Emperor Alexander II in January 2020.

On 25 January 2020, Pareja Palau attended a meeting in San Salvador, Creeperopolis, to establish the Cooperation and Development Coalition (CODECO), a multi-national free trade organization and military alliance composing of El Salvador, Creeperopolis, the State of the Church, Salisford, Andaluzia and Lyoa (and for a brief period, Sequoyah). The Tribunals Generals ratified membership of CODECO on 2 February 2020 with a 73–11 vote in favor, with Tamayo Navarro's faction being the only votes against CODECO membership.

Pareja Palau supported Sequoyah's ejection from CODECO in May 2020 after the legalization of slavery by the Sequoyan government the month prior, and he also endorsed the CODECO Mission in Sequoyah (COMISEQ) and CODECO military intervention in Sequoyah, sending military doctors to support COMISEQ in its military intervention and subsequent occupation of Sequoyah. He recognized the CODECO-backed Reorganized Constitutional Government of the Republic of Sequoyah (RCGRS) and recognized Augustus Young as the provisional president of Sequoyah in December 2020.

At the 2nd Emergency Meeting of the Cooperation and Development Coalition, Pareja Palau voted in favor of suspending Andaluzia's membership in CODECO following the country's seizure and nationalization of oil rigs owned by the Salisfordian company CRI S.p.A. in May 2022. Following the meeting, Pareja Palau mocked Andaluzian King Amor I, calling him a "cuck" and a "simp" on Twitter following remarks by Creeperian Minister of Defense Augusto Cabañeras Gutiérrez to Amor I asking why he is in a rush to end the meeting, jokingly asking if Amor I's wife is cheating on him "again". Many of Pareja Palau's supporters on Twitter, Dice!, and Shichan spread his remarks and added upon them.

Infrastructure program

On 5 February 2020, Pareja Palau proposed his Granada Initiative to the Tribunals Generals for approval. The Granada Initiative was Pareja Palau's plan to "revitalize" and "reimagine" the roads and highways along the Granada River. The proposal also sought to enlarge El Salvador's railroad network, renovate and expand the Josep Esdres Boixadé i Callo International Airport, and build new airports in El Mozote, El Congo, and Guatacate.[1] The Tribunals Generals voted 73–11 in favor of the Granada Initiative.

Construction and redevelopment on El Salvador's major highways began in late-February 2020, starting with the Granada Transnational Highway which connected Monrito, Ñancahuazú, in southern El Salvador, to Pario, Vallepital, in northern El Salvador. The highway was expanded from one lane in each direction to three lanes in each direction, with some parts reaching up to four lanes in each direction, increasing the highway's capacity and lowering congestion in and out of major cities. The widening of the full length of the highway was completed in December 2021. The Troncal El Paraíso connecting the city of El Paraíso to El Congo was similarly expanded between April 2020 and March 2021, as was the Calle Azul, connecting El Paraíso and El Calabozo between July 2020 and January 2022.

Gang crackdown

From 4 to 6 April 2020, the Salvadoran National Police (PNS) reported that criminal gangs in the country committed 63 murders, the most in a 3-day stretch in Salvadoran history since the Salvadoran Crisis of 1976. Pareja Palau condemned the murders committed, and announced that he would take action to punish the gangs responsible, instead of the individuals responsible. On 7 April 2020, he introduced a bill to the Tribunals Generals which would allow the Salvadoran National Police to utilize deadly force and arbitrarily arrest individuals under suspicion of having gang affiliations, similar to the actions the Creeperian National Police (PNC) is authorized to carry out in Creeperopolis. The Tribunals Generals passed the bill by a 73–11 majority, and the Salvadoran National Police began to arrest hundreds of people per day who were suspected of having gang affiliations.

Regime of Exception
Month No. of arrests
April 2020 3,358
May 2020 4,200
June 2020 3,853
July 2020 2,948
August 2020 2,231
September 2020 1,428
October 2020 953
November 2020 535
Total 19,506

The crackdown, known as the Regime of Exception, was strongly criticized by his political opponents and foreign media outlets, who claimed Pareja Palau was arresting a high amount of innocent civilians and was using the crackdown as a tool to also crackdown against his political opponents. In response to their accusations, Pareja Palau removed all eleven deputies which opposed him in the Tribunals Generals from their commission assignments, stating, "we cannot have dangerous individuals like this—who oppose the prosperity of the Fatherland—to have a say in our country's important legislative commissions." His statement and removals were condemned by foreign media outlets and even by some foreign governments as "authoritarian and undemocratic".

A patrol of the Salvadoran National Police during the crackdown.

From April to November 2020, El Salvador's security forces—the Salvadoran National Police, the National Guard, and the Salvadoran Army—arrested a total of 19,506 people suspected of having gang affiliations, mostly of the gangs Mara Salvatrucha, Barrio 14, and Reyes de Granada, which are considered to be the country's largest gangs. Many of the three gangs high ranking leaders were arrested and sentenced to multiple life sentences on several charges such as murder, racketeering, and terrorism. According to El Faro, the Salvadoran government also extrajudicially killed around 329 people, however, the website has failed to provide evidence and Pareja Palau has responded to their accusation by stating, "maybe I should kill 329 subhuman gang members", which resulted in must foreign criticism and condemnation of his comments.

Some of his political opponents were also arrested during the crackdown on charges of being members of gangs, including Llàtzer Macias Budi, the auxiliary deputy from Nuevo Honduras' 2nd District, Sònia Picañol Deulovol, the mayor of Amanimo, and Malaquies Monfulle Bertomeu, a political advisor to Bèlem Fabregà Espuñes, one of the deputies which opposed his presidency.

Political crisis and crackdown

On 30 December 2021, Tamayo Navarro, and the ten other deputies of the Tribunals Generals who opposed Pareja Palau, announced their departure from the Salvadoran Initiative and the formation of a new opposition political party: the Salvation Movement for Democracy (MSD). Tamayo Navarro led a crowd of around 1,000 anti-Pareja Palau protestors to the Presidential Palace demanding Pareja Palau's immediate resignation and that he appoints Tamayo Navarro as provisional president. Pareja Palau's government responded by sending the National Guard to forcibly remove the protestors, and later, a crowd of around 9,000 counter protestors in support of Pareja Palau and his government policies marched in Ciutat dels Àngels demanding the immediate resignation of Tamayo Navarro for attempting to overthrow the government.

Adán Tamayo Navarro is widely believed to have been assassinated by Pareja Palau's government.

The following day, Pareja Palau denounced the protestors as Miguelists attempting to restore National Atheism and totalitarianism in El Salvador, and he reiterated that the Salvadoran Initiative was the sole legal political party in the country. He denounced the Salvation Movement for Democracy as a terrorist organization. He sent a bill to the Tribunals Generals on 1 January 2022 to immediately remove the eleven deputies which opposed him from the legislature, and the bill was unanimously passed by a 73–0 vote, as the eleven deputies boycotted the vote. The eleven deputies were effectively removed from office, and in violation of the constitution, Pareja Palau appointed his own deputies to the legislature.

His actions were denounced by the eleven former deputies as totalitarian and illegal, and called upon Salvadorans to rise up against Pareja Palau's increasingly authoritarian government. Around 8,000 Salvadorans across the country marched in protest against Pareja Palau's government, however, tens of thousands more Salvadorans came out in support of Pareja Palau and harassed the anti-government protestors. Protests from 1 to 7 January resulted in an estimated 19 deaths and 879 arrests, all of anti-government protestors.

On 8 January, Pareja Palau called for the immediate arrest of the eleven former deputies on charges of terrorism and sedition. From 8 to 16 January, ten of the eleven deputies were arrested. On 16 January, Tamayo Navarro was found dead in his home in Ciutat dels Àngels by the Salvadoran National Police during their attempt to arrest him. The police publicized that Tamayo Navarro had committed suicide, and reportedly left a note expressing his allegiance to Miguelism and that he was going to hide in death from the impending justice of Pareja Palau's government.[2] Foreign media outlets and politicians rejected the police's account, instead asserting that he was assassinated by Pareja Palau's government. El Faro even accused Pareja Palau of hiring the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) to assassinate Tamayo Navarro, and referred to him as "Pareja Palau's regime's first victim".

Exiled Salvadoran and Creeperian democratic activists called for a democratic revolution to take hold in El Salvador. Some more extremist groups, such as the Anti-Romerist Revolutionary Front (FRAR) and the Militarist Front for National Liberation (FMLN), called for a far-left revolution against far-right Romerism. Their calls to action, however, were mostly not heeded by Salvadorans, as those who marched in protest of Pareja Palau's government had either been killed, arrested, or are in hiding in fear of reprisal by the government. On 24 January 2022, the ten arrested former deputies were tried and convicted on charges of sedition, treason, terrorism, and supporting Miguelism, and were each sentenced to serve 5 life sentences in the Vallepital National Prison, considered to be the worst prison in the country.

Pareja Palau's actions in December 2021 and January 2022 have been widely condemned by foreign media outlets, politicians, and even some governments as undemocratic and totalitarian. Democracy Index ranked El Salvador at the greatest risk of democratic backsliding, stating, "although the nation [El Salvador] is already considerably undemocratic, these recent actions taken by the executive [Pareja Palau] are deeply concerning and demonstrate the current government's disregard for the people's right to determine their own government through free and fair democratic elections". Meanwhile, El Salvador's allied governments in Creeperopolis, Lyoa, and Salisford expressed their support for Pareja Palau.

Personal life

Family

Pareja Palau and Gabriela Rodríguez Perezalonso in 2014.

Pareja Palau married Gabriela Concepción Rodríguez y Perezalonso, an acquaintance he met at the Antonio José Sáenz Heredia University and a fellow Creepero-Salvadoran, on 5 May 1999. The couple has two children:

  • Romero Orlando Pareja y Rodríguez (born 2002)
  • Isabela Fatima Pareja y Rodríguez (born 2005)

Pareja Palau has developed a political alliance with his brother-in-law, José, appointing him as his deputy leader of the Salvadoran Initiative. Similarly, Pareja Palau's younger brother, Jesús, succeeded him as Vallepital's 3rd District's deputy in the Tribunals Generals upon him becoming vice president, and then when he became president. Some political analysts believe that Pareja Palau is preparing his son, Romero, to become a politician, like his father did for him in late-1999.

Ancestors

Ideology

Pareja Palau is a devout Creeperian Catholic and supports the Church with his "whole mind, body, and soul". He is an self-proclaimed Romerist and nationalist, upholding El Salvador and Creeperopolis above all else. Pareja Palau is an advocate of the Surian race, and believes that Surians are objectively superior to Ecrosians and Ostlandetans. He has been described by foreign media outlets as a Surian supremacist, or sometimes a Salvadoran or Creeperian supremacist, and as an anti-Ecrosian and anti-Ostlandetan racist.

He vehemently opposes communism, homosexuality, atheism, and Islam, referring to all of them as the "Four Horsemen of Sin and Suffering" in his speech announcing his intentions to stand for election for president. The speech read:

I reject communism. I reject homosexuality. I reject atheism. I reject Islam and Baphomet.[note 3] I only serve the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Fatherland. May the Fatherland triumph against the Four Horsemen of Sin and Suffering. May God strike down those who sin against him without any sign of remorse or repentance.

— Vice President Orlando Óscar Pareja y Palau, 1 October 2019

Pareja Palau supports capital punishment, and during his presidency, an average of 45 people were executed per month for various capital crimes ranging from murder to terrorism to extortion. He opposes abortion, which he has referred to as "a genocide on the same par as the De-Catholization, and a genocide endorsed and gloated by imbeciles in Ecros and Ostlandet". He similarly opposes euthanasia. In response for foreign criticism accusing him of being a hypocrite for supporting capital punishment while opposing abortion and euthanasia, Pareja Palau responded by saying, "you severely brain dead self-entitled Ecrosians really think the innocent should be executed and the guilty should be let free? It is a miracle your barbarian nations have not collapsed into eternal anarchy and degeneracy yet."

He has rejected the concept of human rights as a "hoax", a "fantasy", and an "Ecrosian tool to control the world". He condemned TCN Resolution 010 for attempting to implement Ecrosian ideals in Sur and stated, "El Salvador will stand with the Surian world in rejection of this mockery of a 'TCN resolution' and our Fatherland will never abide by its bad faith text". In June 2020, Pareja Palau declared all human rights organizations within the country to be illegal and labelled them as terrorist organizations.

Pareja Palau staunchly opposes democracy, and has claimed to do everything in his ability to "dismantle the final remnants of democracy in Sur".[3]

Published works

Awards and honors

Academic degrees

  • Bachelor's degree in Political Science & Government from University of Ciutat dels Àngels (1995)
  • Bachelor's degree in Law from University of Ciutat dels Àngels (1995)
  • Master's degree in Political Science & Government from Antonio José Sáenz y Heredia University (1997)
  • Master's degree in Law from Antonio José Sáenz y Heredia University (1997)

Organization honors and awards

State or government honors and awards

Domestic

 El Salvador

Foreign

 Creeperopolis

 State of the Church

Electoral history

2015 Salvadoran vice presidential election
CandidatePartyVotes%
Orlando Pareja PalauINSAL7286.75
Against1113.25
Total83100.00
Source: Tribunals Generals
2020 Salvadoran presidential election
CandidatePartyVotes%
Orlando Pareja PalauINSAL7286.75
Adán Tamayo NavarroINSAL1012.05
Abstain11.20
Total83100.00
Source: Tribunals Generals

See also

Creeperopolis portal
Terraconserva portal

Notes

  1. Creeperian Spanish pronunciation: [oɾˈlan.ðo ˈos.kaɾ paˈɾe.xa i pa.law]; Salvadoran pronunciation: [oɾˈlan.do ˈus.kəɾ paˈɾɛ.ʎa i paˈlaw].
  2. Because of the nature of how the Salvadoran legislature is structured, each district elects a deputy and an auxiliary deputy, who will replace the first deputy in the occasion the district's seat becomes vacant, such as due to death, resignation, or appointment to a higher office, as is what happened when Pareja Palau was appointed as vice president.
  3. Catholics believe that Baphomet is a demon that works alongside Satan in Hell. Catholics believed that Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was the incarnation of Baphomet. As such, the Creeperian government refers to Muhammad as Baphomet, as does Creeperian academey and the Creeperian education system.

References

  1. Guixa Sabaté, Josep Jaïr (5 February 2020). "El President Orlando Parella Palau Llança la Seva "Iniciativa de Granada" per Revitalitzar la Infraestructura del Salvador Central" [President Orlando Pareja Palau Launches his "Granada Initiative" to Revitalize Central Salvadoran Infrastructure]. elsalvadoreno.com.sv (in Salvadoran). Ciutat dels Àngels, El Salvador: El Salvadoreño. Retrieved 8 August 2022.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  2. Montanyola Galtes, Pompeu Simó (16 January 2022). "Mort del Líder de l'Oposició Adam Tamayo Navarro; La Policia Dictamina que es va Suïcidar per Escapar de la Justícia" [Death of Opposition Leader Adán Tamayo Navarro; Police Rule He Committed Suicide to Escape Justice]. elsalvadoreno.com.sv (in Salvadoran). Ciutat dels Àngels, El Salvador: El Salvadoreño. Retrieved 8 August 2022.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  3. Pareja Palau, Orlando Óscar (9 September 2022). "El President Orlando Òscar Parella i Palau Anuncia un nou Llibre: "La Incòmoda Veritat Sobre la Democràcia", Condemna el Sistema Democràtic i es Compromet a Abolir la Democràcia" [President Orlando Óscar Pareja y Palau Announces New Book: "The Inconvenient Truth About Democracy", Condemns the Democratic System and Vows to Abolish Democracy]. presidentries.gob.sv (in Salvadoran). Ciutat dels Àngels, El Salvador: Presidency of the Imperial Republic. Retrieved 9 September 2022.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  4. Codallos Moreno, José Vicente (29 December 2020). "Mejor Autor Creeperiano de 2020" [Best Creeperian Author of 2020]. autorescreeperianos.org.cr (in Creeperian Spanish). La'Libertad, Creeperopolis: Creeperian Authors Association. Retrieved 29 December 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
Political offices
Preceded by
Roderic Tarragona Montanuy
President of El Salvador
2020–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Roderic Tarragona Montanuy
Vice President of El Salvador
2015–2020
Succeeded by
Zèfir Cladera Mirambell
Preceded by
Rafael Pareja Ortez
Member of the Tribunals Generals
from Vallepital's 3rd District

2000–2015
Succeeded by
Jesús Pareja Palau
Party political offices
Preceded by
Conradí Prunera Farnós
Leader of the Salvadoran Initiative
2020–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Roderic Tarragona Montanuy
INSAL nominee for
President of El Salvador

2020
Most recent
Government offices
Preceded by
Jaume Cabrera Benitez
Minister of Education of El Salvador
2015–2020
Succeeded by
Bernabè Pujiula Tudó
Preceded by
Miquel Mestres Olmo
Chairman of the Education Commission
2005–2015
Succeeded by
Bernabè Pujiula Tudó
Creeperian nobility
New title Duke of Pareja-Palau
2020–present
Incumbent