Weekly Report - 31 August 2023 (WR-23-35)

GUATEMALA: Semilla suspended as Arévalo’s victory certified

The uphill task facing Guatemala’s president-elect Bernardo Arévalo, whose anti-corruption agenda poses a major threat to the discredited political establishment, is becoming ever more apparent. Since his landslide victory in the 20 August presidential second-round run-off [WR-23-34], following his shock second-place finish in the 25 June first round, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called for the government to increase Arévalo’s security in the face of assassination plots. Meanwhile, his left-of-centre party Movimiento Semilla (Semilla) has been suspended by the citizen’s registry (RC) of the supreme electoral tribunal (TSE).

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