Guatemala’s transfer of power process remains suspended

Guatemala City, Sept 25 (EFE).- The transition process between the government headed by Alejandro Giammattei and the president-elect, Bernardo Arévalo, remains suspended in Guatemala while the current administration analyzes a proposal sent by its successor, Arévalo’s communications team informed EFE on Monday.

They added that the transition process has not resumed because “we are still waiting for a response from the current government” to a new procedure presented by the president-elect on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Giammattei’s government said it was “analyzing the president-elect’s proposal.”

The transition process began on September 5 under the supervision of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro. However, on September 12, Arévalo decided to suspend the process due to the judicial interference of the Attorney General’s Office.

Arévalo’s decision came after the Attorney General’s Office, led by Consuelo Porras, raided one of the headquarters of the Electoral Tribunal and opened boxes of votes from the first round, which took place last June 25.

The president-elect for the period 2024-2028 has denounced that the Attorney General’s Office is leading an attempt of “coup d’état” to prevent him from taking office next January 14.

Last week he filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court to try to reverse the judicial attacks against the electoral process.

Arevalo, 64, won the presidency with his Seed Movement party on August 20 with 2.5 million votes, and is set to become the Central American country’s first progressive president in 70 years.EFE


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