LatinNews Daily - 20 November 2023

Guatemala’s Arévalo wraps up US visit

Guatemala: On 10 November Guatemala’s president-elect Bernardo Arévalo concluded his visit to the US, wrapping up nearly a week’s worth of meetings with Washington officials with the goal of securing support for a peaceful and democratic transition of power in January. Arévalo said on social media that the visit was “extremely fruitful”, adding that he had met with “Guatemalan migrants, executive officials, congress members, senators, journalists, and important actors in the region.” US Representative Norma Torres (D-CA), wrote on social media after meeting Arévalo that “the corrupt few attempt to undermine Guatemala’s democracy” but that she had met with the president-elect “to reiterate my commitment to combating corruption and building a more democratic future for all Guatemalans.” Arévalo also met with Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), both of whom expressed similar support for Arévalo’s right to take office as the democratically elected president. An anti-graft candidate, Arévalo won August’s presidential election against former First Lady Sandra Torres (2008-2011). Both Arévalo and his party Movimiento Semilla have since faced significant pushback from the attorney general’s office in what Arévalo has described as a coup aimed at preventing him from taking office in January.

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