Despite Protests, Guatemala’s President May Be Stronger than Ever

By Brendan O’Boyle

Amid popular anger and encroaching investigations, Alejandro Giammattei has worked to protect himself. He may succeed.

One of Latin America’s worst vaccine rollouts. Mounting scandals. National protests calling for his removal. Things do not look like they are going well for Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.  And yet, even with an approval rating hovering around 20%, Giammattei seems pretty secure in his job right now. A national strike organized after the firing of anti-graft prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval drew thousands on July 29, with protesters and high-profile figures calling for Giammattei’s resignation. Still, “pressure would need to increase substantially for that to...

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