El Salvador Launches Anti-Corruption Commission, Inspired by Guatemala


Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele unveiled a new independent commission to tackle corruption, taking inspiration from a UN-backed body that toppled the previous president of neighboring Guatemala.

Bukele, who took office in June, has vowed to stamp out corruption that has implicated former presidents and said he had created the International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador through presidential decree.

The body’s name draws heavily on that of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, whose probes brought down dozens of senior officials and politicians there including Otto Perez, the prior Guatemalan president. The United Nations is also considering a request from Bukele to join the Organization of American States in backing the commission.

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