Venezuela's Influence in El Salvador's Elections

A close association between a political party and a company is not acceptable from the perspective of the theory of democracy.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

FUSADES has presented a study which questions the relationship between the left wing party and a Venezuelan company.

From a press release issued by the Salvadoran and Social Economic Development Foundation (FUSADES) :

Political Patronage in El Salvador? A Case Study of Alba Petróleos and its related companies.

This report is based on a study in El Salvador by two international consultants, researchers at the University of Salamanca, during August and September 2013. As part of the study fourteen in-depth interviews were conducted with key informants in the city of San Salvador. Key informants included members of the national government, management personnel of the central public administration, members of the National Assembly and business representatives. The report is also based on the study of the relevant scientific literature, analysis of political speeches, examination of legislation, judicial precedents and official documents.

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