Cable reference id: #09SANSALVADOR1103

Many politicians quit their careers early and focus on other things in their life – foundations, charity and many other. But what to do for a living if you are a former president for instance? Many look at the opportunity to work for their personal budgets with the Quantum code and we have to admit that it’s easier to work for your personal financial balance when you’ve done that for the whole country.

Reference id aka Wikileaks id #240031  ? 

Subject Arena Expels Former President Saca
Origin Embassy San Salvador (El Salvador)
Cable time Tue, 15 Dec 2009 18:01 UTC
Classification CONFIDENTIAL
Source http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/12/09SANSALVADOR1103.html
History
  • Time unknown: Original unredacted version, leaked to Wikileaks
  • Thu, 1 Sep 2011 23:24: Original unredacted version published, with HTML goodies

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 2019/12/15
TAGS: PGOV [Internal Governmental Affairs], PREL [External Political Relations], ARENA [Political Party in El Salvador], ES [El Salvador]
SUBJECT: ARENA Expels Former President Saca

CLASSIFIED BY: RBlau, Charge, State, FO; REASON: 1.4(B), (D)

¶1. (SBU) On December 14, (conservative) ARENA’s Executive Council
(COENA) expelled former President Antonio Saca (2004-2009) from the
party, charging that he had misspent $219 million of
unaccounted-for government funds, and citing improprieties in the
2008-2009 electoral process, claiming Saca had pressured mayors to
vote for specified candidates under penalty of being excluded as
ARENA municipal candidates. COENA also accused Saca of conspiring
to divide ARENA with twelve deputies who split from ARENA to create
a new political faction (GANA) in the Legislative Assembly. COENA
said Saca improperly transferred government funds to bolster his
own image, despite funding shortages for public health and safety.
Saca defended himself in a December 13 telephone interview with
center-left online newspaper El Faro, saying that the move was
engineered by ARENA members loyal to current COENA president (and
former President from 1989-1994) Alfredo Cristiani who feared that
Saca would seek re-election, which Saca denied. He also claimed
the funding transfer was authorized by law.

¶2. (C) Comment: Although coming as no surprise, ARENA’s decision
fractures the party at a time when the ruling FMLN party’s
hard-core socialist membership is consolidating its power. This
presents a challenge not only to ARENA, perhaps of its own
survival, but also to President Funes, as the FMLN continues its
long march to Chavez-style socialism in defiance of Funes’s
attempts to steer the party in a more moderate direction.
BLAU