Weekly InSight: Battle of Guatemala President vs. Justice System Pushes Country to Breaking Point

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In our September 7 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about the ongoing conflict between Guatemala’s president and the country’s justice system, which has pitted the Central American nation’s two most powerful institutions against each other.

Dudley and LaSusa discussed the unfolding crisis sparked by President Jimmy Morales’ attempt to expel Iván Velásquez, the head of the United Nations-backed anti-graft body known as the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala – CICIG).

Guatemala’s highest court blocked the move, which was seen as an attempt to derail an investigation into Morales’ campaign financing during his 2015 presidential bid. Now, the CICIG and the Attorney General’s Office are asking the congress to lift Morales’ immunity as president so that the probe into the allegedly dirty campaign cash can go forward.

Dudley and LaSusa talked about the various factors that could influence the outcome of the situation, including the strong support of the international community in favor of the CICIG continuing its work, and they discussed several possible scenarios for how the crisis could play out.

Watch the Facebook Live broadcast for the full conversation:

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