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Security & Strategic Review - February 2021

GUATEMALA: Key election still pending

More than 18 months on from the start of the latest cycle of electing supreme court (CSJ) judges and appellate magistrates, the process has yet to be completed following its suspension by Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) amid procedural irregularities and concerns about the quality of candidates [SSR-20-07]. The election has also resulted in institutional clashes between the CC on the one hand and the CSJ and legislature (one of the country’s least trusted institutions) on the other. Further compounding concerns regarding the state of the justice system, the appointment of a controversial new CC magistrate, Mynor Moto, to replace Bonerge Amílcar Mejía Orellana, who died from coronavirus (Covid-19) last year, has also cast doubt on the suitability of top justice officials.

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