Salvadoran cardinal calls for prudence and patience amid political turmoil
A Salvador cardinal urged “prudence” from the politicians in the Central American country as the president pushed congress to approve a package of security spending.
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele wants lawmakers to approve a $109 million loan for security spending, which he says will allow the country to better confront powerful gangs. Some lawmakers refused to convene a special session, saying they want more details on his spending plans.
Over the weekend of 8th and 9th February, the government ordered military and police to surround the legislative building, and on 9th February, the military forced its way into congressional chambers in a show of force.
“We must ask for patience to avoid this situation getting out of control,” Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez said in a statement to the Rome-based Fides news agency.
“There is tension on both sides, and this can lead to confrontation. We must prevent that from happening for the good of the people. We must work together to solve our problems, instead of entering into this kind of heated confrontation.”
Picture: Soldiers stand inside the national congress in San Salvador as Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele addresses a special session to push for the approval of funds for a government security plan in this 9th February 2020 photo. (CNS photo/Victor Pena, Reuters).