Nicaragua grants citizenship to former Salvador president
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua has granted citizenship to former El Salvador President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, according to Nicaragua’s official gazette. Sánchez Cerén is facing an international arrest order related to corruption charges in El Salvador.
In addition to the former president, his wife, daughter and grandson also received citizenship in Nicaragua, according to the government document.
Sánchez Cerén’s naturalization was signed by Interior Minister María Amelia Coronel on Thursday.
A judge in El Salvador ordered the pretrial arrest of 10 former government officials, including Sánchez Cerén, on corruption charges Wednesday.
Sánchez Cerén becomes the second former Salvadoran president to seek refuge in Nicaragua. Ex-President Mauricio Funes received asylum there in 2016 and citizenship in 2019. The alleged crimes of Sánchez Cerén occurred while he was serving as vice president during Funes’ administration.
Both were presidents for the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front and have been viewed favorably by Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega.