August 7, 2020

Bukele demands resignation and criminal proceedings for president of Salvadorian Congress

The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, demanded this Friday the resignation of the leader of the Legislative Assembly, Norman Quijano, and that the Attorney General's Office (FGR) prosecute him for allegedly negotiating the purchase of votes to the gangs in the elections 2014 presidential elections.

One of the main witnesses of the Prosecutor's Office in a trial facing 426 alleged gang members and frontmen assured that Quijano met with representatives of the two main gangs.

"The least we can demand is the resignation of Norman Quijano and that the Attorney General, Raúl Melara, prosecute those involved for violation of the Anti-Terror Law," the president published in his social networks.

Bukele asked the Prosecutor's Office if "he will ask for the lawlessness against the deputy" to "be able to investigate and prosecute it" or if "he will let the serious findings be unable to be seriously investigated and come to the truth."

According to the Judiciary, the witness identified only as "Noah" said that members of the MS13 and the Barrio 18, the two largest in the country, met with the leader of Congress on March 8, a day before the Second round of the 2014 presidential elections.

Quijano participated in these elections as a candidate of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) and finally lost the ballot against former President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, of the leftist Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMLN).

The witness, an alleged retired leader of the MS13 who agreed to testify to receive judicial benefits, sure that Quijano asked them "how much they wanted to move all their bases to vote for him" and asked him a million dollars.

The source did not indicate whether the witness confirmed the completion of the requested payment.

The deputy of Arena denied "totally" the witness's statements under the opportunity criteria through a publication on his Twitter account.

"I never participated in gang meetings and never offered a million dollars," said the politician.

El Salvador is considered one of the most violent countries in the world for homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants between 103 and 50.3 registered between 2015 and 2018, indexes attributed mainly to MS13, Barrio 18 and other minority gangs.

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