Opinion: Guatemala’s leadership change could bring more instability

Guatemala’s newly-elected President, Alejandro Giammattei, was elected by less than half of the country’s already apathetic voter base this past August. Mr. Giammattei has announced that he will end the country’s contract with CICIG, the commission instated in 2006 to fight widespread political corruption in Guatemala, contrary to the general trend in Central America to fight powerful sources of corruption. CICIG contributed to a substantive and positive impact, both directly and indirectly; by fighting high-level government and law enforcement sources of corruption, crime rates fell and per-capita income increased over the years since its inception. Removing the international organization may lead to widespread protests and a weakening of the rule of law. It will remain to be seen if any country or international body will step in to take action. 

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