Biden Administration Pulls Salvadoran Government Aid Over Corruption Concerns - USAID
Sumaira FH 27 days ago Sat 22nd May 2021 | 04:50 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 22nd May, 2021) The Biden administration has pulled US funding for the Salvadoran government due to concerns of corruption in the country's justice system, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power said.
"USAID has deep concerns regarding the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly's May 1st vote to remove the Attorney General and all five magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador's Supreme Court, and larger concerns about transparency and accountability," Powers said in a press release on Friday. "In response, USAID is redirecting assistance away from these institutions, the National Civilian Police, and the Institute for Access to Public Information."
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