The Intense Year Ahead for Guatemala’s New President

By Claudia Méndez Arriaza

Bernardo Arévalo faces severe obstacles to reform after a chaotic inauguration, but his reputation as a quiet conciliator matches the moment.

GUATEMALA CITY — President Bernardo Arévalo was inaugurated past midnight on January 15 after a series of chaotic delays. His opponents in Congress tried to buy time to keep control of the chamber's leadership committee, but after hours of drama, Arévalo's Semilla party emerged at the head of a majority coalition. This tumultuous start to Arévalo's term signals the challenges ahead for his ambitious anti-corruption agenda through a year likely to be just as turbulent as the last. There will be opportunities, but with the feeling that trap doors lie around every corner. In the week...

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