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EL SALVADOR ENDLESS CORRUPTION

EL SALVADOR ENDLESS CORRUPTION

San Salvador. The issue of corruption in the political sphere is far from losing its validity in this country. More and more facts are known that involve senior and former government seniors involved, basically, in the theft of millionaire sums of money from the state coffers.

Just this Wednesday, July 19, the United States Department of State released a new list of corrupt politicians, although this time they do not belong to the current government as on previous occasions.

They are former presidents Mauricio Funes Cartagena and Salvador Sánchez Cerén, who came to power under the banner of the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party. Currently the former rulers are prosecuted in El Salvador for acts of corruption, but they live in Nicaragua protected by the government of Daniel Ortega.

As a punishment, he will not be able to enter the American Union for the next three years.

The list in which Funes and Sánchez appear, plus four senior officials of their governments is known as the “Engel List” approved by the US Congress. On the list are people involved in acts of corruption or antidemocracy in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

In El Salvador, the document was revealed eight days after a meeting held between the newly appointed US ambassador, William Duncan, and President Nayib Bukele and only seven months before the next presidential election (2/4/24) where according to public opinion polls, Bukele has every chance of winning.

SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT ARE ALSO ON THE ENGEL LIST.

Previously, the State Department issued two other Engel lists in which senior officials of the current government appear, including the presidential chief of staff, Carolina Recinos, the labor minister Rolando Castro, the presidential press officer Ernesto Sanabria, the presidential legal secretary, Conan Castro, and the vice minister of security and director of Penitentiary Centers, Osiris Luna.

Also included is Christian Guevara, head of the parliamentary group of the ruling Nuevas Ideas party with a large majority in Congress.

BUKELE ANNOUNCES WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION

However, there are much more corrupt and President Bukele is willing to wage war on them. In a speech, on the occasion of beginning his fifth and last year in power, Bukele announced that, from now on, he will wage war on corruption with the same force that it took him to put nearly 70,000 gang members in jail.

And as proof, he said that at that time (while he was giving his speech), the Attorney General’s Office intervened in the house of the former president, Alfredo Cristiani, to confiscate his ill-gotten goods. Cristiani of the Nationalist Republican Alliance party, ARENA, governed from 1989 to 1994.

It should be noted that neither Cristiani, who is said to live in Italy, nor Funes, nor Sánchez Cerén, are the only former presidents who are accused of corruption.

Antonio Saca (2004-2009) has been in prison for this reason for seven years, while his predecessor Francisco Flores (1999-2004) died at the time when his misdeeds were proven.

SIX PRESIDENTS PREVIOUS TO BUKELE ARE ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION

In summary, the six former presidents who preceded Bukedle (1989-2019), belonging to the FMLN and ARENA parties, are accused of taking advantage of millionaire state assets, two are dead and others are being prosecuted.

Judging by the public commitment assumed by Bukele, to wage war against corruption, everything indicates that, in the coming months that will coincide with the pre-electoral campaign, new and notorious cases will be known.

THE GREAT QUESTION

The big question being asked in various circles is whether the war against corruption will only be against opposition officials or if it will also lose the bukelist officials designated by the State Department as corrupt.

The opposition and critics of the Bukele administration agree that the future captures of corrupt will be related to the upcoming electoral campaign, where the strongest candidate is the current president, however, because the Magna Carta literally prohibits consecutive re-election. (FIN).

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  1. tkescorts.com/ tkescorts.com/ 16/08/2023

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It is the little changes that will make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

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