US cuts aid to El Salvador after dismissal of judges

US cuts aid to El Salvador after dismissal of judges

Washington: After the country’s new government sacked constitutional judges, the US said it would cease aid to many officials in El Salvador.
In a statement on Friday, USAID was quoted by the DPA News Agency as saying that funding will no longer go to El Salvador’s Parliament, its Supreme Court Constitutional Chamber, the Attorney General’s Office, the police and the Institute for Access to Public Information.
Instead it will be redirected to human rights organizations and civil society groups, USAID said.
The total amount of the budget was not mentioned. El Salvador’s President Nayab Bukele criticized the move on Twitter. “It is good that they are financed from abroad because they will not get even a cent from the people of Salvador. Each invests in its priority,” he wrote in Spanish.
He later said in English that if a Salvadoran was asked the reason for his escape from his country on the US border, 99.9 percent would say “job loss” or “insecurity”.
“It’s very revealing that USAID chose to stop funding … security. Is there a real plan to create more immigration?” Bukele asked.
In its first session on 1 May, the newly elected parliament of El Salvador sacked all five constitutional judges of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General.
The decision was welcomed by right-wing populist Buchele, who clashed with constitutional judges after overturning several of his decrees to stop the epidemic.
The opposition accused him of trying to bring the judiciary under the control of the government.

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