July 14, 2024

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The United States said it was not very “optimistic” about the inauguration of Bernardo Arevalo as President of Guatemala

The United States said it was not very “optimistic” about the inauguration of Bernardo Arevalo as President of Guatemala

The United States said it was not very “optimistic” about the inauguration of Bernardo Arevalo as President of Guatemala. (EFE/Lenin Noli)

United State He confirmed on Monday that he wants an elected president Guatemala, Bernardo Arevalo de LeonHe took office even though he admitted that Is not optimistic After ordering from Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office To withdraw his immunity.

“We have every hope that Arevalo will take office, but these latest actions do not indicate much optimism,” the US ambassador to the Organization of American States said. Francisco MouraDuring a call with journalists.

However, the diplomat welcomed the sending of an election observation mission to supervise the transfer of power.

There are setbacks but we keep moving forwardHe added that this was largely due to the efforts of the Organization of American States.

The Public Prosecution, under the direction of the Attorney General, Consuelo Porras ArguetaIt was subjected to severe criticism Guatemala And abroad in recent months for their attempt to interfere in the results of the general elections that took place last summer and attempt to cancel them Seed movementThe party of the president-elect.

Guatemala’s Attorney General, María Consuelo Porras (EFE/FILE)

The Public Prosecutor’s Office’s prosecution of the Semilla movement began on July 12, after Arevalo de León surprisingly finished second in the June 25 general election.

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the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Saturday referred to the latest actions of Public Prosecutor’s Office to Guatemala Against the elected president Bernardo Arevalo He denounced that he was practicingAbuse of his powerAbout the members of the Similla movement.

In a statement, the organization called for “an end to the intrusive actions of the Public Prosecution, which threaten the democratic system, the sovereign will of the population, the ongoing presidential transition process, and the exercise of civil and political freedoms.”

The demonstrators, called by various indigenous organizations, held demonstrations across the territory in rejection of the actions of the Attorney General’s Office.

On Friday, the Public Prosecutor Angel Saul Sanchezthe follower Office of the Public Prosecutor for Crimes against Cultural HeritageTo, formalize his application before the Supreme Court of Justice for approval Withdrawal of immunity To President-elect Bernardo Arevalo de León; Its Vice President, Karen Herrera; And at least five representatives from the party, as part of an investigation that began in 2022.

The case accuses the defendants of plundering cultural property, illegal associations and influence peddling, which supposedly occurred during the seizure of power. University of San Carlos in Guatemala In April of last year. Then a group of students rebelled against the university president Walter MazariegosWho committed fraud in the elections that made him win, and seized the institution’s headquarters.

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(With information from EFE and AFP)