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Guatemala’s President-elect Demands the Resignation of the Attorney General

  • Bernardo Arevalo has urged President Alejandro Giammattei to request that Porras quit.
  • Based on a promise of combating corruption, Arevalo was victorious in an August runoff election.
  • Porras’ office raided the electoral authority and Arevalo’s Semilla party.

In response to claims that authorities are impeding a transition, Attorney General Maria Consuelo Porras is looking into Arevalo’s party. The incoming president of Guatemala, Bernardo Arevalo, has urged President Alejandro Giammattei to request that Porras quit.

Arevalo pushed Giammattei to ask for Porras’s resignation, accusing him of keeping quiet. Porras’ inquiry into electoral irregularities was defended by the prosecutors’ office, which said that Porras’ actions had always complied strictly with the law.

Resignation of the Attorney General

Based on a promise of combating corruption, Arevalo was victorious in an August runoff election by a margin of twenty points.

A slow-motion coup has prompted tens of thousands of Guatemalans to demonstrate in the streets, calling for the resignation of Porras and other judges participating in her investigations.

To conduct legal investigations into purported anomalies during the election, Porras’ office raided the electoral authority and Arevalo’s Semilla party.

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court has urged protestors to stop their blockades and directed authorities to use force against them as a “last resort”. A “shameful” and “unprecedented” attack on Guatemala’s democracy, according to the head of the Organization of American States (OAS), is what the probe is. Arevalo is “fully disposed” to go to the government-led negotiations with protest organizers, which the OAS will arbitrate.

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