Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020. 2:57 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Guatemalan President elect, Alejandro Giammettei assumed office as President today.
Giammettei succeeded President Jimmy Morales who left office amidst corruption accusations.
Giammettei won the Presidency in August 2019.
Countries represented at the swearing-in ceremony today included the United States of America, Honduras, El Salvador, Honduras, and Ecuador.
Outgoing President Jimmy Morales had recently met with US President Donald Trump at the White House to sign the asylum cooperation agreement deal, a proposal that was highly criticized in Guatemala.
As a result of this new agreement, the U.S. reportedly began sending Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala.
International media outlets claim that outgoing Morales will be remembered for kicking out the UN Supported anti-corruption mission.
However, in a speech given by the outgoing President of Guatemalan congress, he defended Morales by saying that Morales defended the sovereignty of Guatemala.
The new President faces various challenges including a high rate of poverty in the country and malnutrition among children.
In Belize, government officials have confirmed that Guatemala has nominated a judge to sit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to listen to submissions on Guatemala’s territorial, maritime and insular claim on Belize.
In May of 2019, Belizeans voted Yes giving a clear mandate for the Government of Belize to seek a final resolution to Guatemala’s claim at the ICJ.
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