Group of American States denounces raids by Guatemala prosecutors in opposition to President-elect – JURIST

The Everlasting Council of the Group of American States (OAS) held a particular meeting Wednesday to debate the turmoil surrounding the presidential political transition in Guatemala. Cesar Bernardo Arevalo de Leon, the president-elect, won the election in August in a landslide victory.

Regardless of Arevalo’s obvious victory, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has been raided 4 instances by the nation’s Public Ministry (PM) since then. In an interview with PBS, Arevalo known as the actions a “coup,” claiming they have been meant to forestall him from taking energy. After Wednesday’s assembly, the pinnacle of the OAS, Luis Almagro, expressed sharp criticisms of the actions of the Guatemalan prosecutor. In a statement to Reuters, Almagro known as the raids “a shameful instance for the hemisphere.”

The raids have prompted giant protests in Guatemala Metropolis. The demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Legal professional Normal Consuelo Porras and prosecutor Rafael Curruchiche. Curruchiche is the highest-ranking anti-corruption prosecutor within the PM. On X (previously referred to as Twitter), Curruchiche refused to resign, saying the PM would proceed “the investigation of the Reality.” He went on to say that he would rescue the democracy and sovereignty of Guatemala.

Final week, the US State Division released an announcement outlining the “anti-democratic actions in Guatemala.” At immediately’s assembly, the US Mission to OAS expressed its concern in regards to the growing scenario within the nation. The US urged OAS to undertake a decision beneath Chapter IV of the Inter-American Democratic Charter to name for “speedy cessation” of anti-democratic actions by Guatemalan prosecutors.

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