Guatemala

Alejandro Maldonado is new Vice-President


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A former judge, Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, has been elected as the new Vice-President of Guatemala after the resignation of Roxanna Baldetti from the role last Friday.

The new Vice-President was sworn in yesterday and immediately resigned his position as a Judge of the Constitutional Court.

Alejandro Baltazar Maldonado Aguirre, 79, was a Deputy of the National Constituent Assembly between 1966 and 1970 and again between 1984 and 1966. He was Minister of Education (1970 – 1974) during the government of General Carlos Arana Osorio, Ambassador the United Nations between 1974 and 1980 and a Judge of the Constitutional Court on three occasions.

Roxanna Baldetti resigned over a corruption scandal (she is not named but members of her staff are) which has been growing with almost daily demonstrations against the government. The new Vice-President’s role will only last until January because a general election and the election of a new President will take place on 6th September.

Manuel Baldizón of the centre-right Renewed Democratic Liberty (LIDER) who lost to incumbent President Otto Pérez Molina of the right –wing Patriotic Party (PP) is ahead in the opinion polls. The President cannot serve a second term constitutionally.

Further demonstrations are planned against the government with a major demonstration planned for tomorrow, Saturday 16th May.

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