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Weekly Report - 18 February 2021 (WR-21-07)

EL SALVADOR: Seeking to strengthen Cicies

Earlier this week El Salvador’s opposition-controlled national legislature announced it was setting up an ad-hoc committee to study a new bill aimed at strengthening the International Commission against Impunity in El Salvador (Cicies). The renewed impetus to strengthen Cicies, which was set up in September 2019 by the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Salvadorean government led by President Nayib Bukele, comes less than two weeks before legislative and municipal elections on 28 February which are expected to deliver a major victory for Bukele and his personalist Nuevas Ideas (NI) over the left-wing opposition Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) and right-wing Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena).

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