Weekly Report - 11 January 2024 (WR-24-01)

GUATEMALA: Arévalo poised to take office, ends cabinet speculation

Fears that Guatemala’s attorney general’s office, which is aligned with the ‘pacto de corruptos’ network of institutional corruption, would prevent president-elect Bernardo Arévalo, a reformist anti-corruption outsider, from taking office on 14 January [WR-23-50] have lessened. Last month the constitutional court (CC), one of the institutions seemingly hedging its bets ahead of Arévalo’s assumption of office, ruled that the transition of power must take place. However, the challenges facing Arévalo in delivering on his election-winning anti-corruption pledge remain huge given the hostile legislature he will face, along with other institutions where corruption remains rampant. His newly unveiled cabinet reflects an awareness of the need for consensus and concessions to the powerful economic elite.

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