Members of the Salvadoran military inside the country's legislative assembly on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO: El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele speaks during a news conference in San Salvador, El Salvador August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

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El Salvador President Nayib Bukele Sends His Opposition a Message

El Salvador’s President, Nayib Bukele, seems determined to completely eliminate crime and put an end to the gang violence that takes place in the country.

Accompanied by a group of armed forces, the newly elected President made his way into Parliament to demand that his opposing party lawmakers agree with his plan to take a $109 million loan.

President Bukele is aiming to use the $109 million loan to initiate the third phase of his “Territorial Control Plan.” The money for the third phase would see him equip police and army officers with more efficient means in order to combat the crime and violence in the country.

Since President Bukele’s term as the leader of El Salvador began and he implemented his “Territorial Control Plan,” the average daily killings in the country have dropped by 5.4 and are now at 3.8.   

The key concern that the President’s opposition have had regarding the matter is the size of the loan and the president’s justification of some of the expenses that he had included in the application for the loan.

Prior to his departure, the President gave opposition exactly 1 week to agree to the proposal.