Guatemala set for transition following tense battle

12th January 2024

President-elect Bernardo Arévalo looks likely to take over as the new Guatemala leader on 14 January. This follows months of protests, criminal investigations and high level diplomacy that culminated in blocking attempts to change the August electoral results. Last minute efforts to thwart the peaceful transition of power included the arrest of former interior minister David Napoelón Barrientos for not breaking October protests up, four arrest warrants against electoral magistrates remaining in effect and the Constitutional Court having to remind the Ministerio Publico that they cannot arrest individuals with the right to antejuicio. This thwarted plans to arrest the Vice-President elect, Karin Herrera.

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