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LatinNews Daily - 14 March 2019

In brief: El Salvador

* The constitutional chamber (SC) of El Salvador’s supreme court (CSJ) has temporarily suspended the cancellation of El Salvador’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Taiwan, accepting an injunction from El Salvador’s sugar association which argued that the move jeopardised the industry’s property rights and legal security, among other things. The Salvadorean government led by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén established diplomatic ties with mainland China in August last year, severing relations with Taiwan, and in December 2018 it ordered that the FTA with Taiwan, under which El Salvador exports 80,000 tonnes (t) of sugar to Taiwan, should cease to be in effect from 15 March 2019. The SC agreed with El Salvador’s sugar association that the decision regarding the FTA was unconstitutional because it had not been upheld by the legislature.