The constitutional chamber of El Salvador's Supreme Court ruled Friday that the appointment of two former army generals in top security posts is unconstitutional, raising the question of what will now happen to the country's gang truce.
Over 250 police suspected of ties to drug trafficking will be transferred out of their posts in western El Salvador in a move authorities say is a preventative measure, but seems more likely to be linked to the influence of the Texis Cartel.
As part of a new phase in El Salvador's gang truce, the president pledged additional funds for the reintegration of gang members into mainstream society, something which has been sorely lacking from the truce so far.
Before Bishop Fabio Colindres told Salvadoran government mediators in early 2012 that he would participate in a secret negotiation to stop the fighting between El Salvador's two largest gangs, three top level Catholic Church officials had already told the government representatives that they wanted nothing to do with the talks. Colindres' decision to participate in the controversial gang truce could have far reaching consequences for the Church, one of El Salvador's most respected institutions.
With 65 murders registered in just eight days in May, El Salvador may be witnessing a wave of violence that could further shake the foundations of the country's much-praised gang truce.
The key witness against the alleged Central American drug trafficker known as "Repollo" says he bribed El Salvador judges to drop drug trafficking charges before turning state witness. The case highlights the corruption that has hindered organized crime prosecutions in that country.
A Spanish priest and a once-prominent critic of El Salvador's gang truce recently agreed to become involved in the proceedings, raising questions over why he experienced a change of heart.
The number of murders in El Salvador so far in 2013 is 45 percent lower than the previous year, providing a reminder of the benefits of the country's gang truce at a time when the agreement is coming under increasing pressure.
The US government is to open a security training center for Central American journalists in an attempt to plug the gap left by the regional authorities' inability to protect journalists threatened by organized crime groups.