Guatemala

Four Ministers resign as crisis deepens


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It looks increasingly unlikely that President Otto Pérez Molina will see out his term as demonstrations against his government and ministerial resignations accelerated over the weekend.

There have been widespread and growing demonstrations over government corruption over the past few months and this week former Vice-President, Roxana Baldetti, appeared in court accused of taking a cut in a scam known as “La Linea” (The Line). The scam involved officials who were paid bribes to help businessmen evade customs duties. The president has rejected any link to himself but prosecutors want his immunity from prosecution removed.

Elections are due on 6th September for a new president and Otto Pérez Molina is barred constitutionally from standing for another term. The president’s right-wing Patriotic Party (Partido Patriota; PP) has little chance of winning in the forthcoming elections.

In the past few days Economy Minister Sergio de la Torre and Education Minister Cynthia del Águila along with Communications Minister Victor Corado and Public Finance Minister Dorval Carias have all resigned their portfolios.

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