Weekly Report - 27 October 2022 (WR-22-43)

GUATEMALA: Fears mount over comptroller pick

Human rights groups are urging that the process of appointing Guatemala’s new comptroller general (CGC), which is currently under way, should be “fair and transparent”. The appointment is drawing particular scrutiny given that the CGC, who serves a four-year term and is responsible for the safeguarding of public funds, could prove crucial to ensuring free and fair general elections in June 2023. It follows other recent top appointments such as the new human rights ombudsman in July [WR-22-34] and reappointment in May of María Consuelo Porras, the discredited head of the attorney general’s office [WR-22-20], which have intensified concerns regarding the continued backsliding in anti-corruption efforts and democracy under the conservative Vamos government led by President Alejandro Giammattei.

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