Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2023. 10:46 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, thousands of Guatemalans took to the streets to protest the ongoing election turmoil following the August elections in which Bernardo Arevalo emerged victorious, the Associated Press reports.
Since then, the Attorney General’s office has seized vote tallies from electoral authorities as part of ongoing investigations into accusations of voting fraud.
However, analysts say that the move is politically motivated and is disrupting the usually peaceful transition process.
Meanwhile, President-elect Bernardo Arévalo met with magistrates of Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal to urge unity against what they see as a violation of voters’ will.
Arévalo has characterized investigations into his party and electoral authorities as an attempted coup d’etat and the Organization of American States observation mission said prosecutors’ actions appeared to be aimed at keeping Arévalo from taking office.
The international community have also expressed concern over the actions of Guatemala’s ministry and their attempt to undermine Guatemala’s peaceful transition of power.
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