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Via the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22584911

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The leaders of El Salvador's main street gangs have said a decision taken by the Supreme Court threatens a truce that has saved thousands of lives.

The Constitutional Chamber of the Salvadorean Supreme Court declared illegal the appointment of Security Minister David Mungia Payes.

He is one of the main architects of the truce, which was agreed in March 2012.

Gang leaders gave a news conference in jail criticising the court's decision.

The Supreme Court also ruled on Friday that the government must replace the country's police chief, Francisco Salinas.

The court says both jobs must be held by civilians. The two men are army generals.

The decision put the lives of Salvadoreans under risk as it threatened the future of the non-aggression pact agreed last year, the gang leaders said.

But they renewed their commitment to carry on with the ceasefire, provided it was backed by the security authorities.

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It is a sad state of affairs when street gangs have more sense than governments.
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