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May 21, 2015

Guatemalan Government Rocked By Corruption Allegations

As you heard earlier, the opposition will not be present in Guatemala on Monday when the government proceeds to sign an amendment to the special agreement. But tonight the situation is volatile in Guatemala where President Otto Perez earlier today fired several senior government officials, including the ministers of the interior, energy and environment.  The country’s chief of intelligence, as well as other senior officials, has also been dismissed in the wake of a string of arrests and recent upheaval in the City. On Wednesday, Guatemala’s central bank chief, Julio Suarez, and fourteen others were arrested after being accused of manipulating a multimillion dollar contract from the country’s social security institute in support of a pharmaceutical firm.   While Perez has indicated that he was considering a cabinet reshuffle, the corruption scandals have rocked Perez’s party ahead of the presidential elections in September. Two weeks ago, Vice President Roxana Baldetti resigned amid accusations that she was connected to an organization accused of accepting bribes to evade customs tariffs. So as we said the situation is unstable in Guatemala City and we will continue to follow this story.


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5 Responses for “Guatemalan Government Rocked By Corruption Allegations”

  1. Go CORRUPT! says:

    A corrupt Belize govt cutting deals with a corrupt Guat govt,

    what could go wrong for the citizens of either country?

    Pay your taxes and keep the Pheces in power.

  2. Go CORRUPT! says:

    Maybe a difference here!

    Guat President Otto Perez removes his filth.

    Ali promotes his corrupt business thieves.

  3. Annonymous says:

    We need a CICIG in Belize to get rid of all these corrupted politicians including their cronies and public servants, especially our customs officers. Thats how all this started in Guatemala with the fraud and bribes at Customs which was headed by the Vice-president Baldetti’s personal secretary.

  4. Al says:

    So why are we criticizing Guatemala when its obvious that they hold their elected officials accountable, and we do not? There are actual arrests. Handcuffed officials who are not hustled through the back doors by the police away from the media.

  5. kmh says:

    So maybe bribes were being paid to officials in Belize to get certain things done over here. Seems a strange new spirit of accommodation for Guatemala by some high ranking UDPs

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