El Salvador revoked its anti-corruption agreement with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) Friday, ending its membership after nearly three quarters of a century. El Salvador officials accused the OAS of showing political bias, and of lacking consistency and principles.
The OAS aims to fight corruption through democracy, human rights, security, and development. One OAS mission is to promote democracy and expand institutional legitimacy by strengthening the political process of its members. Yet, El Salvador officials claim that the OAS General Secretariat hired Ernesto Muyshondt, a former mayor of San Salvador, who was accused of paying gangs for electoral benefits.
El Salvador’s President, Nayib Bukele, argued that those in charge of the fight against corruption should not be those who created the corruption. He stated that the General Secretariat’s decision to hire the allegedly corrupt former official was like a slap in the face to Salvadorians who demand justice.
Until Friday, all 35 independent nations of the Americas were members of the OAS. President Bukele stated that because the OAS failed to fulfill its mission, El Salvador will join a different organization that seeks to fight corruption.