WILL US-CENTRAL AMERICA RELATIONS FALTER WITH LATEST CORRUPTION LIST?

On 18 May, Insight Crime posed this question, saying that a new list of officials the US Government suspects of corruption and drug trafficking in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras may further upset relationships between the US and Central America.  It was released by Congresswoman Norma Torres.

https://insightcrime.org/news/us-central-america-corruption-list 

EL SALVADOR LOOKS TO CHINA AFTER US UNVEILS CORRUPTION LIST OF CENTRAL AMERICANS

On 18 May, Reuters reported that, following the release of a US Government list of allegedly corrupt Central American politicians, El Salvador’s president played up his close ties with China, praising it for offering grants with no strings attached and COVID-19 vaccines.  A leaked State Department report lists a close aide of the president and his former security minister among those “credibly alleged” to have engaged in corrupt acts.  The list also names 6 serving Honduran lawmakers, and 2 current Guatemalan legislators, along with former officials.

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/us-names-honduran-guatemalan-lawmakers-corrupt-list-2021-05-18/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/18/five-of-salvadoran-presidents-allies-accused-of-corruption-us

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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