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Caribbean & Central America - April 2020

Introduction

The bold action by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele to address the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country may have been welcomed given the urgency of the pandemic. However, it was also received with caution given recent indications of his apparent disregard for institutional steps and willingness to take authoritarian steps. This was laid bare in February with his deployment of the armed forces (FFAA) and police (PNC) to pressure national deputies into approving a loan to finance public security. The first piece in this April edition of Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean & Central America considers these tensions between the executive and legislature.

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