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Weekly Report - 11 April 2019 (WR-19-14)

GUATEMALA: Twist to electoral race as TSE moves against Aldana

With just over two months to go until the general election, Guatemala’s electoral authority (TSE) has revoked the candidacy of one of the main contenders, Thelma Aldana, a former attorney general (AG) (2014-2018), who was running for the new centre-left Movimiento Semilla. Aldana, who has said that she will appeal the move, maintains that there are efforts afoot by the political establishment to exclude her from the race. She links this to her ground-breaking attempts (along with the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, Cicig) to tackle corruption – not least her requests for President Jimmy Morales to be investigated for illegal campaign financing.

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