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Salvadoran Attorney General Douglas Melendez at a joint press conference in Guatemala City, Feb. 8, 2017 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).

El Salvador’s Attorney General Pays a Steep Price for His Anti-Corruption Fight

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

El Salvador’s legislature last month declined to reappoint Attorney General Douglas Melendez for a second term. The move is widely viewed as retaliation for Melendez’s anti-corruption crusade, which ensnared a number of high-profile Salvadoran political figures, including his predecessor as attorney general and several former presidents. In an interview with WPR, Eric Olson, a Latin America specialist at the Seattle International Foundation, discusses Melendez’s tenure as attorney general and the political impact of El Salvador’s “endemic” corruption, including on next month’s presidential election.

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