Thursday, 3 September 2015

Guatemala president steps down after arrest warrant issued

The President of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina step down from office. His spokesman Jorge Ortega  said, days before a presidential election that  Pérez Molina submitted his resignation at midnight local time after Guatemala’s attorney general obtained a warrant for his arrest amid a corruption scandal that has brought his government to the brink.

According to THEGUARDIAN
In a fast-moving climax to a crisis that has been building for months, MPs removed the president’s immunity from prosecution on Tuesday, and on Wednesday the attorney general, Thelma Aldana, asked for an arrest warrant for Pérez Molina.

Soon afterwards, Aldana said a judge had issued the order on charges of illicit association, fraud and receiving bribe money related to a widespread customs fraud ring over which the vice-president has already been jailed and faces charges.

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