The El Salvador Legislative Assembly has approved a change in the selection criteria for representatives of the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP) in the autonomous and decentralized institutions now under the control of President Nayib Bukele under criticism of the association itself for it means “to pave the way for corruption”.
Bukele himself had pushed the reforms to 23 laws, which he had sent to the assembly with a majority close to the government, which would serve to remove ANEP “from the guidelines of the autonomous (institutions) and to really put them at the service of the people” . “, amongst other things. .
According to the Salvadoran President, these reforms will allow “real business people” to be represented “in the autonomous communities”, where “they will safeguard the real interests of private companies as a whole”.
“No more corporatism, no more power groups that draw water for your mill, no more legalized peddling of influence,” he preached on his account on the social network Twitter. “Now the people rule through their representatives,” he added.
The approved reforms relate to the Salvadoran Social Security Institute (ISSS), the Central Bank of the Central Bank (BCR), the International Center for Fairs and Congresses (CIFCO), the Seaport Authority (AMP), the Civil Aviation Authority (AAC). ) and the National Administration of Aqueducts and Sewers (ANDA), among other autonomous and decentralized institutions that can from now on see limited participation on their private sector supervisory boards.
Previously, the law stipulated that the representatives of the corporate sector of the autonomous or decentralized institutions on the boards of directors were determined by the ANEP, whereas now it has been stipulated that they are elected through “open assemblies” carried out for the sector at the request of the government the confirmation of the appointed persons is responsible.
In addition, with the reforms that have been resolved, the finally elected candidates are shielded in office, since only the administration can remove them or remove them.
In the Chamber, by approving the reforms that were not supported by the opposition, the New Ideas MPs defended that it is Bukele’s “fifth step”, reports “La Prensa Gráfica” on his way to defeat against “ideological power” as it took control of the legislature in the last general election and has since passed controversial laws and reforms.
Following the Assembly’s decision in the early hours of the morning this Thursday, the ANEP issued a statement criticizing the reforms of these 23 institutions, which deal with more than $ 2,000 million (more than 1,600 million euros) leading to “conflicts of interest” could. with this new naming process.
“The reforms passed in the legislative assembly pave the way for corruption and nepotism,” denounced the association, adding: “If you are looking for a submissive and patronizing private sector, we consider it a compliment to be excluded from politics.”
Finally, they lamented “this new attempt to pool power and close off spaces for citizen participation” while assuring that they will not give up “protecting the spaces legitimately conquered by the citizens in order to influence country decisions” and furthermore “jobs protect”. and work to create more and better opportunities for everyone. “