Guatemala

Crisis deepens as another Minister goes


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In what is developing into an ever deeper crisis for President Otto Pérez Molina Secretary to the Presidency, Gustavo Martínez, has announced his resignation. There have been other resignations by more junior ministers this week but so far the President has lost his Vice-President and three Cabinet Ministers.

The move follows the other resignations over the past two weeks as several large corruption scandals have rocked the country. There have been protests for more than a month after the first corruption scandal was exposed and the Vice-President resigned. Since then there have been further allegations of embezzlement of public funds in election campaigns and suggestions that businessmen, politicians, judges and army officers have been involved in several exposures connected with drug trafficking networks.

Earlier this week the President appointed José Miguel de la Vega, as the new Minister of Energy and Mines (MEM).

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