El Salvador’s congress has voted to strip a politician accused of making a deal with the country’s powerful street gangs of the legislative immunity that had prevented his prosecution

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador’s congress voted Wednesday to strip a politician accused of making a deal with the country’s powerful street gangs of the legislative immunity that had prevented his prosecution.

In November, Attorney General Rodolfo Delgado asked the Legislative Assembly to strip Quijano of immunity so he could be prosecuted for alleged electoral fraud and illicit association.

The allegations stem from the 2014 presidential campaign in which Quijano was the candidate of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance party. Prosecutors say the former San Salvador mayor paid the country’s powerful street gangs to support his presidential campaign. Quijano lost to Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front.

The Attorney General’s Office had previously requested Quijano’s immunity be lifted in 2020, but the Legislative Assembly at that time denied the request.

Bukele has strenuously denied the allegations.

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