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Tag: Guatemala

  • Monday, January 15th 2024 - 20:34 UTC

    Arévalo sworn in as President of Guatemala at last

    King Felipe VI and President Boric had to leave before Arévalo was effectively sworn in due to the 10-hour delay

    Although some ten hours later than scheduled, Bernardo Arévalo de León was eventually sworn in early Monday as Guatemala's new president for the period 2024-2028. After his inauguration, he was to offer his first speech as constitutional head of state. Before Arévalo's turn, 160 deputies took their oaths of office, thus extending the ceremony in time beyond projections.

  • Monday, December 18th 2023 - 09:56 UTC

    Clearing the way for Guatemala elected president to take office in January

    The Constitutional Court commanded Congress “to guarantee the effective inauguration of all elected officials in the 2023 electoral process, in accordance with validation of results”

    Guatemala the Central American country long linked to political instability and extreme violence in solving many of its domestic conflicts, is again a hotspot in the region since an elected president, who should be taking office in mid-January, has been facing growing supposedly 'legal' impediments to his legitimate right, supported by an overwhelming majority of voters who surprised the “political establishment”.

  • Wednesday, December 13th 2023 - 10:09 UTC

    UN, US and Mercosur call on Guatemala to respect election results and denounce “an attempted coup”

    UN chief Guterres pointed out that the top Elections Tribunal of the country had certified Mr. Arevalo’s landslide victory at the polls in late August

    The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Mercosur member countries, the European Union and the US have called on Guatemala authorities to impede the Central American country's Attorney General's office to annul the general election result preventing President-elect Bernardo Arevalo from taking office in January.

  • Saturday, December 9th 2023 - 10:23 UTC

    Guatemalan Prosecutors want June 25 elections annulled

    Prosecutors insist there were many irregularities around Bernardo Arévalo de León's win

    Guatemala's Public Prosecutor's Office said this week that the voter rolls used in the elections won by Bernardo Arévalo de León “were not authorized” by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and therefore the results thereof were “null and void.” Arévalo had warned on Sept. 1 that Attorney General Consuelo Porras was carrying out a “coup d'état” against him to prevent him from taking office on Jan. 14 to succeed Alejandro Giammattei.

  • Monday, October 2nd 2023 - 09:16 UTC

    Guatemala Chief Prosecutor raids the Electoral Tribunal to obstruct presidential election result

    Agents from the Prosecution Office raided headquarters of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and confiscated the official lists of results from the polling stations.

    Guatemala's political crisis escalated last weekend as prosecutors raided the country's top electoral tribunal searching for documents related to August presidential election. Agents of the Attorney General's Office entered the headquarters of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and confiscated the official lists of results from the polling stations.

  • Saturday, September 2nd 2023 - 10:55 UTC

    Guatemalan President-elect says there is a coup in the making

    “The justice system is being used to violate justice itself,” Arévalo stressed

    Guatemalan President-elect Bernardo Arévalo de León Friday said there was “a coup d'état in progress” in his country, with many organizations wanting to “break the constitutional order and violate democracy” by attacking him and his Semilla Movement party.

  • Tuesday, June 27th 2023 - 10:32 UTC

    Torres and Arévalo to clash in Guatemalan runoff

    It will not be the first time Torres reached the runoff

    Former First Lady Sandra Torres will take on Congressman Bernardo Arévalo in the Aug. 20 presential runoff in Guatemala following Sunday's elections, according to preliminary data from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

  • Friday, June 16th 2023 - 09:41 UTC

    Guatemalan court hands down 6-year prison sentence to newspaper founder

    The case against Zamora has been dubbed “a witch hunt”

    José Rubén Zamora, founder of El Periódico, a newspaper critical of Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei which went out of business last month, has been sentenced to six years in jail for alleged money laundering, it was reported. Both Zamora and the Prosecutor's Office announced that they will appeal the ruling.

  • Tuesday, January 24th 2023 - 21:39 UTC

    Former Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom dies aged 71

    Colom had been banned from entering the United States for his alleged involvement in a case of corruption

    Former Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom (2008-2012) died Monday at the age of 71. The cause of death has not been disclosed, although it was known that Colom was being treated for esophageal cancer.

  • Monday, December 12th 2022 - 09:53 UTC

    Volcano activity leads to temporary airport closure in Guatemala

    Some 215 people died in 2018 when the Fuego volcano erupted, but so far no evacuations have been ordered

    Guatemala City's La Aurora International Airport was closed temporarily Sunday due to “the presence of ashes” from the nearby Fuego volcano, it was reported. The air terminal resumed operations three hours later after the wind shifted “to the south,” according to Civil Aeronautics Director Francis Argueta.