The Public Ministry of Guatemala has been accused of attempting a coup d’état against the elected president, Bernardo Arévalo de León. The Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union have both supported this claim. The Secretary of the Public Ministry, Ángel Pineda, disclosed several alleged criminal cases against Arévalo de León and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. The Public Ministry argued that the results of the general elections of June 25 and the runoff of August 20 should be annulled due to administrative irregularities.
Arévalo de León has dismissed the accusations as “absurd and ridiculous” and has accused the Public Ministry of lacking credibility. He has warned that the attorney general, Consuelo Porras, is carrying out a “coup d’état” to prevent him from taking office next January. The Public Ministry has also pointed out Arévalo de León for alleged illegalities in the formation of his party in 2018, as well as an alleged case of money laundering.
The Supreme Electoral Tribunal has guaranteed the triumph of Arévalo de León and the results of the elections. The president of the electoral court, Blanca Alfaro, has indicated that the results are signed and certified. The OAS has condemned the attempted coup d’état orchestrated by the Public Ministry against Arévalo de León. The European Union has also condemned the attempts to annul the election results, calling it “an attempted coup d’état.”
Arévalo de León is set to be sworn in on January 14, according to Guatemalan law, for a period of four years to replace the current president, Alejandro Giammattei. The situation in Guatemala is being closely monitored by international organizations and has raised concerns about the country’s institutional order.
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