The top U.S. diplomat in El Salvador announces that she will leave
San Salvador, El Salvador-The top US diplomat in El Salvador announced on Monday that she will step down, adding that the administration of President Nayib Bukele “has no interest in improving bilateral relations.”
The departure of Jean Manes, once seen as a potential bridge to improve relations, seems to underscore the deteriorating relations between the two countries as Booker’s power continues to increase.
Manes previously served as the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador from 2016 to 2019, but when critics expressed concern that Booker showed authoritarian tendencies, he was asked to return as Chargé d’Affaires in May.
Manes told reporters on Monday that she will return to the post of deputy civilian commander of the US Southern Command. Salvador’s position should have been only three months, but she stayed for six months.
“If we have no opponents at this time, why should I stay here?” Manes said. “When El Salvador wants to speak, our door is always open.”
Manes knew Booker when he was elected, so in the weeks after voters let Booker’s new Thought Party control the convention, she has been hoping that she will be a channel of communication. The new lawmakers immediately replaced the judges and the Minister of Justice in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.
“They sent me as a bridge, and the government decided not to take it,” Manes said.
Booker’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Initially, Manes said that she had regular private meetings with Bukele. When Buckler’s new Attorney General announced that the government had cancelled the OAS anti-corruption mission requested by Buckler, the two sides were still negotiating, reduced access to public information, and replaced 200 under the new age and upper age limit. Multiple judges and prosecutors serve, Manes said.
The diplomat said that the pro-government media soon began to attack her and the US government.
The United States responded to the consolidation of power by transferring funds from the United States Agency for International Development from government agencies and non-governmental organizations to non-governmental organizations. Booker recently criticized the United States for providing approximately $300 million to such organizations, including some organizations that he said oppose his government.
Manes criticized the Booker government for not fulfilling the extradition agreement that sent MS-13 gang members to the United States for trial.
In May and July, the US government released a list of suspected corrupt officials in Central America, including the name of Booker’s Chief of Staff Carolina Resinos.