Guatemala’s diplomatic delegations urge Congress to transfer power to Arévalo


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The inauguration of the elected president of Guatemala, Bernardo Arévalo, has been delayed due to the constitution of the new Congress. Delegations in Guatemala have signed a joint declaration urging the Guatemalan Congress to fulfill its constitutional mandate to hand over power to the president-elect and vice president.

The delegations emphasized that the Guatemalan people expressed their democratic will in fair, free, and transparent elections, which were endorsed by the international community through its electoral observation missions. They stressed the importance of respecting the will of the people.

The joint declaration was shared by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, and is in the name of all the delegations invited and represented in Guatemala at the level of heads of State and Government, Foreign Ministers, and officials, as well as the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ibero-America secretary general.

The delay in Arévalo’s inauguration is due to the constitution of the new Congress, whose session has been delayed by the outgoing president, Shirley Rivera, in the face of doubts about the legality of the Semilla Movement, instigated by the Prosecutor’s Office.

The president-elect has emphasized the responsibility of deputies to respect the will expressed at the polls and has denounced attempts to violate democracy with illegalities, trifles, and abuses of power. He warned that the Guatemalan people and the international community are watching.

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters have broken the security barrier of the National Police due to discontent over the delay in the inauguration of Arévalo as president of the country. The Constitutional Court of Guatemala has rejected Semilla’s provisional protection, and its 23 deputies will have to assume their positions as independents.

The Semilla Movement had been negotiating with other formations the composition of the Board of Directors of the Congress, and there has been speculation about an agreement by which the deputies of Arévalo’s party would have agreed on up to 90 votes in favor of their proposal.

The delay in the inauguration has caused unrest among the people, but the international community continues to urge the Guatemalan Congress to fulfill its constitutional mandate and hand over power to the president-elect and vice president. The situation remains tense as the country awaits the resolution of the political impasse.

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