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Weekly Report - 10 January 2019 (WR-19-01)

EL SALVADOR: A key post filled in El Salvador

At the start of this week Raúl Melara was sworn in as El Salvador’s new attorney general for a three-year term following his election by the 84-member legislature at the end of last year. Melara was chosen instead of his predecessor Douglas Meléndez who had been seeking a second term. Meléndez had made a name for himself due to his tough stance on corruption – not least the unprecedented conviction for corruption last year of former president Tony Saca (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista [Arena], 2004-2009). As such, the refusal to grant Meléndez a second term could be construed as a step back in anti-impunity efforts.

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