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Wed May 5, 2021, 08:15 PM

El Salvador Congress Removes Tax Break For Newspapers

By AFP News on May 06 2021 6:56 AM

El Salvador's Congress on Wednesday removed a tax break that benefits newspapers -- many of which are harsh critics of President Nayib Bukele -- just days after it sacked a number of judges.

The Central American country's Legislative Assembly, dominated by Bukele allies, has faced international criticism since sacking nine magistrates that sit on the constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court over the weekend.

The new legislature, which sat for the first time on Saturday after late February elections, had accused the judges of issuing arbitrary rulings. It also sacked Attorney General Raul Melara over his links to an opposition party.

On Wednesday the legislature took aim at the newspapers.

"Today we will end the longest, most continuous and blatant tax evasion in our history," said lawmaker Christian Guevara, who proposed the measure.


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