Weekly Report - 17 February 2022 (WR-22-07)

EL SALVADOR: Signs of dissent within ruling party?

El Salvador’s president of congress, Ernesto Castro, a deputy for the ruling Nuevas Ideas (NI), has announced that two NI deputies, José Ilofio García Torres and Gerardo Balmore Aguilar Soriano, have been stripped of their immunity from prosecution to be tried for bribery and abuse of office. The case relates to accusations which first emerged in November 2021. The moves against the deputies have left the NI and President Nayib Bukele subject to fresh criticism of acting undemocratically and come amid other signs of fissures within the ruling party.

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