Weekly Report - 25 May 2023 (WR-23-21)

GUATEMALA: TSE bars another key presidential contender

Carlos Pineda, a businessman running for the conservative Prosperidad Ciudadana (PC), has become the third presidential contender to be barred from Guatemala’s 25 June general election by the discredited electoral authority (TSE). While PC is a minor party, with just three deputies in the 160-member unicameral legislature, Pineda, a right-wing populist, had emerged as the surprise frontrunner in recent polls. Unsurprisingly he has slammed as spurious the decision by the TSE, which has faced international condemnation over its earlier exclusion of other candidates such as Thelma Cabrera of the left-wing indigenous Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos (MLP), and Roberto Arzú of the right-of-centre Podemos [WR-23-09]. It will fan existing fears regarding the integrity of the election amid the backsliding of democracy and anti-corruption efforts taking place under the conservative Vamos government led by President Alejandro Giammattei.

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