Guatemala’s next president, Bernardo Arevalo, announces his request for the dismissal of Consuelo Porras, secretary of the public ministry. AFP
Guatemala’s elected president, Bernardo Arevalo of the Social Democratic Party, submitted a request to the court this Monday for the removal of Attorney General Consuelo Porras. He accuses him of orchestrating a “coup” to prevent him from taking office in January. .
“We are appealing to the law to protect our right to help us,” Arevalo said after heading to the Supreme Court with hundreds of supporters carrying Guatemalan flags to file a protection request to leave the country. he said. Two judicial officials, including Porras.
It also requested “the cancellation of the Seventh Court’s proceedings.” [del cuestionado juez Fredy Orellana] in collusion with the public prosecutor,” against his political party Semira.
“We present to Amparo all the arguments that demonstrate the series of unconstitutional acts they committed and the violation of the established constitutional order,” said the president’s son, a 64-year-old sociologist and member of the House of Representatives. he declared. Juan José Arévalo (1945-1951), a man who left his mark on this country.
Consuelo Porras, Attorney General of Guatemala AFP
In his appeal, the president-elect also called for the resignation of prosecutor Rafael Cruciche, who is leading a controversial investigation into his political campaign.
It also called for the removal of Judge Orellana, who ordered the raids on the Semilla headquarters and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, which clouded the political atmosphere in the country.
Mr. Porras, Mr. Krušice, and Mr. Orellana were included in the United States’ list of “corrupt and undemocratic” Central American figures.
“I have decided to file an amparo demanding the restoration of constitutional order and calling for the dismissal of Attorney General Consuelo Porras, Prosecutor Rafael Crusice and Judge Freddy Orellana,” Arevalo said on September 1. He condemned these tactics. These are part of a “coup” plan to prevent him from taking office.
As they marched through the capital’s streets, indigenous people wearing colorful clothing gave a sicca, a symbolic lashing, to the accused officials and the outgoing president, right-wing Alejandro Giammattei, for taking part. and the punishments of their Mayan ancestors. Boycotting the match against Arevalo.
“We are here to say no to corruption and impunity,” indigenous activist Rigoberta Menchú, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, said at the march.
Guatemalan indigenous community demands removal of prosecutor and public ministry secretary. AFP
Hours before the request was filed, thousands of indigenous people, students and other activists demonstrated in several cities across the country to demand the resignation of Porras and other law enforcement officials.
In the capital, hundreds of indigenous people from Totonicapán department and other western municipalities roamed several streets with whistles and plastic trumpets, demanding the attorney general and other officials leave.
“If they don’t resign […]”We will take other actions,” Mayan leader María Elias told AFP.
One of Guatemala’s many indigenous mayors marched to pressure civil servants to be fired. AFP
On Tuesday this week, members of the Farmers’ Development Committee announced that around 20 roads would be cut, rejecting the actions of questioned officials.
Mr. Arevalo won a landslide victory in the run-off election on August 20, pledging to fight head-on against corruption, one of the country’s evils, but his rise to power has sparked unrest among influential political and business circles. evoked.
Last week, Mr. Kursis, along with dozens of police officers, stormed an election center where prosecutors were opening boxes containing ballots for the first round of elections on June 25.
Prosecutors say the operation was born out of public appeals but was rejected by the international community, which considers it nothing more than a pretext. The United States called it an “attack on the democratic process.”
Luis Almagro OAS Secretary General, AFP
Almagro attacks the prosecutor’s office
Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro said in Washington on Monday that Guatemalan prosecutors will not be allowed to violate the “institutions and constitution” of the Central American country where Guatemala’s deportation process is taking place. Ta. Power is “under threat.
One such risk lies with the prosecutor’s office, Almagro said at a meeting of the OAS’ executive board, the executive body.
In a message sent to AFP, the prosecutor’s office denied the accusation of orchestrating a “coup.”
“Any accusations that seek to implicate the Ministry of Civil Service in the election results are categorically rejected,” the group said.