In El Salvador, the economy has outstripped security

After months of being the star of official campaigns and surveys, according to the research “Citizen Evaluation of Municipal Management 2023” by the Center for Public Opinion Studies (CEOP) of the Guillermo Manuel Ango Foundation, the defense gave the foundation to the economy. (Fundaungo).

Seven out of 10 people interviewed rated the cost of living up in the past three months and the economy as their main problem, however, security has not stopped President Nayeb Bukele from representing a key card in his re-election bid. A ballot created through consultations.

Likewise, 88.5 percent of those questioned during the sample estimated that the price of a basic basket has exceeded $250 in recent months, reaching an all-time high in urban areas that could impact the 2024 election. .

About four in 10 (41.6 percent) identified economic problems as the most pressing issue facing their municipality of residence, and two in 10 (22 percent) cited problems with the quality of services.

However, El Salvador’s economy continues to grow at 2.6 percent, combining a drop in exports and an increase in remittances.

The official forecast is closer to the 2.1 percent expected by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) or the 2.4 percent assumed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

On the issue of security, a report by the publication Inside Crime found that while more than 72 thousand gang members have been arrested, including 1,230 leaders, 43 thousand are still at large, raising questions about the effectiveness of government operations. “Asleep” or hidden in the countryside.

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The fact that only 1,230 leaders of various levels of the MS-13 gang and 18 of both factions are in custody is striking and reminds us of the ties these groups had with Al-Front terrorists years ago. Nusra and the so-called Islamic State, whose cloaking techniques may be part of what is used by the so-called gangs.

On the other hand, whether or not to maintain the state of emergency to eliminate gangs is a growing question that has provoked different interpretations, as analysts assess their conflict and the need to crush constitutional guarantees.

El Salvador’s Defense Minister, Rene Merino, reiterated the need to continue the state of emergency to combat the gangs.


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