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In brief: Guatemala

Guatemala: Guatemala’s supreme electoral court (TSE) has ordered the cancellation of the party status of the ruling Frente de Convergencia Nacional (FCN-Nación) party for alleged illegal campaign financing in 2015. The TSE ruling follows the presentation in recent weeks by the United Nations (UN)-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) and attorney general’s office (AG) of the second and third phases of an investigation into party spending. The first phase of the investigation, which had been presented in August and led to unsuccessful calls for President Jimmy Morales to be investigated, had claimed that FCN-Nación had failed to account for more than Q4.38m (some US$600,000) in campaign financing while Q2.33m of party funds came from anonymous sources. According to the second phase investigation, announced on 19 April, while the ruling party reported spending Q103,706 on its campaign, Cicig found that it actually spent Q7.12m, with the party leaders and business executives failing to declare some Q8m.The third phase identified five businessmen who had contributed a total of Q5.37m in party campaign funds that was not accounted for.

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