OAS-backed commission to tackle corruption in El Salvador

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The Organization of American States has announced the creation of a commission that will investigate corruption in El Salvador.

OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro said Friday from Washington that he and Salvadoran officials agreed to install the International Commission against Impunity in the Central American nation beginning next week.

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The commission is known as Cicies for its initials in Spanish.

Salvadoran Vice President Félix Ulloa tweeted: “Today more than ever we can say that the Cicies is happening.”

President Nayib Bukele promised to promote the establishment of a graft commission shortly after winning election Feb. 3.

Neighboring Guatemala and Honduras have already had anti-graft commissions backed by international organizations. However, the U.N.-sponsored Cicig is about to shut down in Guatemala after President Jimmy Morales refused to renew its operating mandate.