In Guatemala, a President Tests the Public

By Claudia Méndez Arriaza

The president’s attorney general selection sets up a showdown with an increasingly frustrated population.

GUATEMALA CITY — When President Alejandro Giammattei announced on May 16 that Consuelo Porras would serve another term as Guatemala's attorney general, the U.S. response was striking in its certainty. The State Department quickly condemned her selection, saying that Porras was “involved in significant corruption” and that she had repeatedly obstructed anti-corruption investigations "to protect her political allies and gain undue political favor." The European Union also raised concerns, but it is the response among the general public in Guatemala that says most about where the...

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