Weekly Report - 17 January 2019 (WR-19-02)

GUATEMALA: Back on the brink

President Jimmy Morales this week delivered his third and penultimate state-of-the-nation address. His presentation notably omitted mention of his headline-grabbing unilateral decision, announced last week, to end Guatemala’s agreement with the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig). The culmination of tensions which have escalated since August 2017 when Cicig first called for Morales to be investigated over illegal campaign finance, his decision has left the country on the brink of a constitutional crisis after the constitutional court (CC) adjudged it illegal, prompting further inter-institutional clashes.

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