Guatemala: Calls intensify for President Morales to resign over corruption allegations
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Guatemala: Calls intensify for President Morales to resign over corruption allegations

Several Guatemalan social groups called for protests Saturday, Apr. 21, to demand the resignation of the country's president, Jimmy Morales, amid a second round of illicit electoral financing investigations.“Guatemalans demand, in all (public) squares, the cancellation of the National Convergence Front (FCN-Nation) and the resignation of Jimmy Morales for corruption, for thievery, for believing that he is above the Constitution," read a statement released by the groups on multiple social media platforms. The call comes after the Office of the Prosecutor, and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) pointed out for the second time that the FCN-Nation party, which is led by Morales, received illicit electoral funding during the campaign.

According to the series of reports, the FCN-Nation did not report funds it had received from prominent members of the business community in the country to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Electoral crimes prosecutor Oscar Schaad said business groups funneled more than $1 million to Morales' party during the 2015 election campaign. According to Schaad evidence shows the campaign donations were never reported to electoral authorities. The illegal contributions were also allegedly made in the form of food, cement, financial services and other business sectors.

"We have detected that there was financing that simply was not reported to the (electoral) court and that for various reasons the court did not detect it," Schaad said.


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