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National police chief resigns

August 24, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

El Salvador's national police chief stepped down after local media reports accused two close advisors of corruption and links to drug traffickers.

Two aides to Francisco Rovira resigned Friday after news media reports said one ran a private consulting firm with suspected drug traffickers as clients and the other used police license plates without authorization.

"This morning, [Rovira] told me he wanted an open and transparent investigation and that's why I accepted his resignation," President Tony Saca said at a news conference. The deputy police director, Jose Luis Tobar, will temporarily replace Rovira, said Saca, a conservative U.S. ally.

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