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Weekly Report - 24 January 2019 (WR-19-03)

GUATEMALA: Electoral race kicks off

Guatemala’s electoral authorities (TSE) have officially called the June 2019 general elections. The TSE’s announcement last week comes as the country remains in the throes of political crisis, stemming from an institutional clash between the constitutional court (CC) and President Jimmy Morales (who is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election) over the future of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) [WR-19-02]. With no end in sight to the crisis, the origins of which date back to Cicig’s initial call for Morales to be investigated over illegal campaign finance, the continued focus on official corruption suggests that, as in previous electoral contests, the issue is likely to be a major voter concern.

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