Weekly Report - 07 September 2023 (WR-23-36)

GUATEMALA: Transition begins as Arévalo denounces coup plan

The first meeting has taken place between the transition team of Guatemala’s president-elect Bernardo Arévalo and outgoing president Alejandro Giammattei, to discuss the handover of power on 14 January. In a sign of the continued tensions surrounding the process, stemming from the threat that Arévalo and his left-of-centre Movimiento Semilla (Semilla) poses to Guatemala’s discredited establishment and so-called ‘pacto de corruptos’ - an allusion to entrenched corruption in Guatemala’s political institutions - it is being overseen by Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis Almagro following an OAS resolution. The first meeting came days after Arévalo, who has previously faced death threats and whose party has been raided by prosecutors [WR-23-30], gave a press conference in which he was cited by the international media as warning that a group of “corrupt politicians and officials…have launched a plan to break the constitutional order and violate democracy”.

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