Saca González, Elías Antonio

Saca González, Elías Antonio

Saca González, Elías Antonio (ālēˈäs äntōˈnēō säˈkä gōnsälˈās), 1965–, Salvadoran political leader, president of El Salvador (2004–9), b. Usulután. “Tony” Saca worked as a sports commentator and in advertising sales for radio and television, and purchased his first radio station when he was 22. Eventually building a small radio network, he served as president of the Salvadoran Association of Radio Broadcasters (1997–2001) and of the National Private Enterprise Association (2001–4). Saca, a member of the conservative National Republican Alliance (ARENA), had never run for office before his bid for the presidency in 2004. He continued the free-market and pro-United States policies of his predecessor, Francisco Flores Pérez. Saca was an unsuccessful presidential candidate, as a member of the Unity Movement, in 2014. Charged (2016) with corrupt practices during his presidency, he pleaded guilty in 2018 to embezzlement and money laundering and in 2019 to bribery; in 2019 his wife pleaded guilty to corruption charges; and in 2021 both were found guilty of illicit enrichment.
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