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Weekly Report - 23 May 2019 (WR-19-20)

GUATEMALA: All eyes on the courts as candidates barred

Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) last week definitively barred two of the three main presidential candidates from competing in the general election on 16 June: Thelma Aldana, a former attorney general (2014-2018) who was running for the leftist opposition Movimiento Semilla, and Zury Ríos, the daughter of Guatemala’s late dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983) of the ultra-right-wing opposition Valor. Twenty presidential candidates are still registered, but the CC has yet to rule on the candidacy of the frontrunner, former First Lady (2008-2012) Sandra Torres of the opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE). This has prompted the Organization of American States (OAS) to criticise “the lack of finality and certainty in the candidacies” as “a problem that negatively affects the electoral process in Guatemala”.

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