SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The former president of El Salvador, Francisco Flores, 56, died on Saturday after suffering a stroke as he waited to face trial over embezzlement charges.
Flores ruled the Central American nation from 1999 to 2004 and he had been operated on last Sunday after suffering a stroke.
“We regret the death of President Francisco Flores and we sympathize with his family at this time,” his far-right Nationalist Republican Party (Arena) said in a statement.
Flores was accused of embezzling $15 million of aid from Taiwan that was donated after two devastating earthquakes hit the country in 2001. He had siphoned $10 million to give to his party and kept $5 million, according to prosecutors.
Flores maintained his innocence and was under house arrest for the charges.
“He suffered a terrible health crisis, provoked by this unjust political attack,” his wife Lourdes de Flores told local media.
Reporting by Nelson Renteria