El Salvador's Saca shrugs off criticism of government subsidies

President Antonio Saca of El Salvador, under fire over his subsidies policy said he had no intention of changing it now after four years in power. Indeed, he added, he might even increase subsidies.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Several international institutions and national organizations say that Saca's indiscriminate subsidies help the middle classes more than the poor, who are the most in need.
But Saca told journalists at an economic forum that subsidies were even more necessary than ever in view of the slowdown in the world economy.
But Juan Héctor Vidal, one of only two economists invited the forum, accused Saca of "sweeping the nation's problems under the carpet." The government's finances would be sure to take a hit sooner or later, Vidal added.

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