Weekly Report - 25 January 2024 (WR-24-03)

GUATEMALA: Arévalo names key post

Guatemala’s President Bernardo Arévalo has named constitutional lawyer Santiago Palomo Vila to head up a new anti-corruption commission. The post is key to Arévalo’s election-winning pledge to tackle institutional corruption. Yet the new president, whose assumption of office represents a significant break with the discredited establishment, and whose remarkable victory at times threatened to be derailed precisely by the ‘pacto de corruptos’, continues to face pushback. In one sign of this, the constitutional court (CC) recently ordered the election for the congressional directorate, which had gone to Arévalo’s Movimiento Semilla (Semilla) [WR-24-02], to be restaged, and upheld the party’s suspension.

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