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El Salvador/SoldiersBack
[Published: Monday February 10 2020]

Heavily-armed soldiers enter El Salvador parliament

SAN SALVADOR 10 Feb (ANA) - Heavily-armed police and soldiers in El Salvador have forced their way into parliament, demanding the approval of a $109m (£85m) loan to better equip them.
They entered the building as President Nayib Bukele was about to address lawmakers. Earlier, he gave them seven days to back his loan plan.
Opposition politicians called the appearance of armed men in parliament an unprecedented act of intimidation.
El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Most of the violence is carried out by criminal gangs that operate across Central America.
President Bukele took office in June 2019, pledging to tackle the legacy of gang violence and corruption in the impoverished Central American nation.
The 38-year-old leader wants to use the loan to improve the equipment of police and the armed forces in the fight against crime.
In particular, the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter.
But over the weekend, most MPs opted not to sit for a debate over the proposed bill.(ANA)
FA/ANA/10 February 2020----------

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