Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The FMLN blocks international loans for Solidarity Net

The ARENA government's anti-poverty program, Solidarity Net, requires international loans in order to continue running. The loans will fund not only the program which pays families a small monthly allowance so long as children are actually attending school, but also improvements for the country's education infrastructure. Such government borrowing requires a 2/3 vote in the Salvadoran National Assembly, and in the new legislature, cannot be passed without some FMLN votes.

As reported in El Faro, the FMLN is refusing to give its votes to approve the loans unless the government improve pensions and increase the minimum wage.

That's a shame. Solidarity Net is showing positive results. It needs to be expanded. The FMLN should push for expansion of the program rather than blocking loans necessary to keep it running.

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