Crisis forces austerity on El Salvadorean government

High fuel and food prices have resulted in the government of El Salvador decreeing a "general cutback" of expenditures in all allocations to departments that depend on the Executive. The move will not affect social or public investment.

Monday, May 5, 2008

"We have called a cabinet meeting," said President Antonio Saca. "We are going to talk about austerity measures."
The president said the cutback will be in effect for entities that depend on the Executive Branch, but will not stop spending on social projects or public investments.
Among measures being considered are the prohibition of all celebrations or gifts for personnel, electricity conservations, careful priorizing of travel, and rational use of government vehicles.

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