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Due to abuses of power by Bukele, the United States cuts military aid to El Salvador | News from El Salvador


The recent economic stimulus package approved in the #United #States includes a clause that punishes the governments of the #Northern #Triangle for their corruption and little commitment to democracy.

#In just over a year and a half, the presidency of #Nayib #Bukele has shown clear signs of a systematic attack on the institutionality and the rule of law in #El #Salvador: it has disrespected judicial rulings, has harassed opponents, has closed doors to transparency. #Worse still, it has used the security forces as the armed arms of its political whims.

#This has not gone unnoticed in the #United #States, #El #Salvador’s main ally. #On the eve of a change in government, and amid #Bukele’s efforts to pay lobbyists to clean up his image in #Washington, his #North #American ally will cut the assistance it gives to the #Salvadoran #Armed #Forces.

#Throughout his incipient presidency, #Bukele has shown signs of attacks on institutions that have not gone unnoticed in #Washington DC.

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#This cut is part of the extensive budget and stimulus package to combat the coronavirus that both houses of the US #Congress recently approved and that #President #Trump ratified last #Sunday, #December 27.

#It may interest you: US #Congress passes law to deny entry to corrupt people from the #Northern #Triangle

#Among the annexes to the main project, there was a clause aimed at combating corruption in #Central #America, which includes this cut in funds from the #State #Department for the acquisition of US defense equipment for #El #Salvador, #Guatemala and #Honduras.

#Bukele played down a legislator who promoted the cut

#Throughout his incipient presidency, #Bukele has shown signs of attacks on institutions that have not gone unnoticed in #Washington DC. #Although the #Trump administration was silent in the face of some clear abuses of power, considering #Bukele an ally in its immigration policies, both sides of the legislature spoke out on numerous occasions against the blows to the rule of law of the #Salvadoran president.

#One of the legislators who signed these pronouncements demanding respect for the institutionality was #Norma #Torres, who is a member of the #House of #Representatives for the state of #California. #At the time, #Bukele downplayed #Torres and other legislators who spoke out against his abuses, said they were not representative and even hinted that they had only signed by signing, without knowing what the letters contained.

The same legislator whom he downplayed was the one who promoted the partial cut in funds for the armed forces that was endorsed by the #Senate and sanctioned by #Trump.

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#Read also: #Three keys to understanding #Joe #Biden’s plan for #Central #America

#This legislative project also contemplates other types of sanctions for government officials who have damaged democracy in #El #Salvador, #Honduras and #Guatemala. The #Joe #Biden government, which will take office on #January 20, will have just under 6 months to deliver a list of individuals it considers corrupt in the #Northern #Triangle and the country will proceed to cancel the visas and establish sanctions, as approved by both legislative chambers.

#This, combined with the #Biden plan for #Central #America, which poses harsh consequences for the corrupt, is a setback for the #Northern #Triangle countries that got used to the transactional style of the #Trump administration: they faithfully collaborated with immigration policies in exchange for receiving the accolade. #Washington and a dismissive look at the obvious abuses of power.

#Related note: #Republican congressmen see #Bukele backsliding from democracy

The former ambassador of the #United #States #El #Salvador, #Mari #Carmen #Aponte, told #El #Diario de #Hoy a few months ago that #President #Bukele would do well to expect a different treatment from the #Biden government, from which he anticipated that he would have a stronger stance against abuses of power .

#Bad news for #Bukele, good for #El #Salvador

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#José #Miguel #Vivanco, director for the #Americas of #Human #Rights #Watch (HRW), spoke in this regard, reacting to the news on #Twitter saying that this is “good news for #El #Salvador. #Bad news for #Bukele. “

#Vivanco, who has been a regular critic of the president’s abuses and was even blocked on #Twitter by the president, said that “his repeated abuses have an international cost. #And with the end of #Trump that cost will only increase. “

The HRW official fitted his tweet with an image of #February 9, the most iconic event of #Bukele’s abandonment of the rule of law, when he led a military and police takeover of the #Legislative #Assembly to press for a loan. #This event was perhaps the watershed in the international image of the #Salvadoran president and the end of the “honeymoon” that many international observers had with #Bukele.

#This cut does not cover the bulk of cooperation to combat drug trafficking and other tasks, but it is a message for the countries of the #Northern #Triangle.

“#This puts these countries on the same level as dictatorships and failed states,” said #Adam #Isacson, a member of the #Washington #Office for #Latin #America (WOLA), a think tank for the promotion of the rule of law in the region.

#Napoleón #Campos, an expert in international affairs and candidate for deputy for #Nuestro #Tiempo, affirmed that “Nayib #Bukele did it again! #He lost #Fomilenio III for #El #Salvador and now US military assistance (#President) #Trump signs the law that qualifies #Bukele as corrupt and imputes serious damage to #Democracy and the rule of law. “

#For her part, #Bukele’s designated ambassador in #Washington, #Milena #Mayorga, showed surprise at this cut and in an interview with The #Associated #Press (AP) called for a reconsideration of the decision, in addition to highlighting #Bukele’s supposed democratic commitment.





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