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El Salvador Ex-president Funes Now Nicaragua Govt Adviser

A fugitive former El Salvador, former president Mauricio Funes, who received asylum from Nicaragua in 2016, said Monday that he has been working as a paid adviser to the government of President Daniel Ortega.

2012 file photo, El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes when he was president of El Salvador

Funes engaged in a Twitter exchange with journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, who had reported that the ex-leader and his son, Diego Funes Cañas, are both receiving Nicaragua government payments.

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According to Confidencial.com.ni, Funes receives since September 2016 a monthly salary of 90,080 cordobas (US$2,379 dollars).

The elder Funes wrote that he didn’t see the big deal. He said he has the expertise to advise on matters of Central American integration. He said it also shows he is earning an honest living.

El Salvador President-elect Nayib Bukele criticized the arrangement.

Salvadoran prosecutors allege that during Funes’ 2009-2014 administration, some US$351 million in government funds were diverted to accounts tied to him and family members.

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