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Soldiers storm El Salvador parliament over funding

Loan rangers: Soldiers watch over politicians in El Salvador’s parliament PICTURE: EPA

ARMED soldiers and police stormed into El Salvador’s parliament alongside president Nayib Bukele to demand politicians approve an £84.5million loan to bolster the country’s security forces.

Politicians could not agree on how much was needed to buy a helicopter, police cars, night vision goggles and CCTV surveillance.

Police and military commanders backed the president as he called for funds to continue his fight against crime.

El Salvador has the world’s highest murder rate at 9.1 killings a day. But Mr Bukele, who came to power last April, said it fell to 3.8 a day last month.

He gave parliament a week to approve the bill, saying politicians could be removed by force. He said: ‘If we wanted to press the button, we would press the button.’

The country will be holding elections on February 21 next year. Mr Bukele said: ‘On February 28, all these scoundrels are heading out the door outside.’

The opposition accused him of intimidation and acting like the leader of ‘a dictatorship’.