Senior Salvadorian Official Resigns

Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele told local reporters during a Tuesday morning press conference in San Salvador that police chief and deputy security minister Mauricio Arriaza decided to step down in order to address allegations he has schemed to cover up financial wrongdoing by the government.

Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele told local reporters during a Tuesday morning press conference in San Salvador that police chief and deputy security minister Mauricio Arriaza decided to step down in order to address allegations he has schemed to cover up financial wrongdoing by the government.

The country’s opposition accuses Arriaza of failing to make Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya comply with a lawmakers’ order to give full account of the government’s spending during the COVID-19 crisis.

Opposition lawmakers had ordered prosecutors to investigate Arriaza, prompting the president to name him deputy security minister in October, in order to confer on him immunity from prosecution. Lawmakers were about to vote to strip Arriaza of immunity when he announced his resignation as deputy security minister.

President Bukele celebrated the fact that Arriaza had denied the opposition-controlled national assembly the chance to take away his immunity. The conservative leader also said that Arriaza would now face “common justice,” noting that that was “no guarantee” of a fair trial either.


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