El Salvador re-elects attorney general who fueled friction with the United States | World news

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Salvadoran Congress on Wednesday re-elected Rodolfo Delgado for another three years as attorney general, despite US concerns over his appointment and decision to end a state-backed anti-corruption deal -United.

In May, Delgado was appointed by lawmakers in President Nayib Bukele’s ruling party after Congress ousted his predecessor for allegedly having ties to the right-wing opposition Republican Nationalist Alliance (ARENA).

Congress then also removed five judges from El Salvador’s Supreme Court, widely regarded as one of the few remaining checks on Bukele’s power. This prompted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to voice his concern over the events.

Bukele quickly congratulated Delgado on his reappointment after 66 of 84 lawmakers voted to keep him three more years.

In June, Delgado said El Salvador was pulling out of an anti-corruption deal with the Organization of American States (OAS) to protest an OAS decision to take on an ARENA member who is acting as an advisor. under investigation.

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Critics argue that Delgado is reluctant to investigate possible cases of corruption under the Bukele administration and for showing a lack of independence. Delgado fended off criticism, saying his office tackles corruption.

(Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

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