Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Alejandro Giammattei Is Declared President Of Guatemala Following A Disillusioning Race

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Patty Aguilar | 14 August, 2019, 08:25

Guatemala's newly elected president said one of the first things he wants to do is amend the migrant agreement the country recently made with President Trump.

As Guatemalans headed to the polls to pick the country's next president, the reality of an election that will likely bring little significant change to a country overwhelmed with corruption, poverty, and unemployment has left its constituents disillusioned. Giammattei will be under vast pressure from the United States to implement a controversial migration pact that would allow Washington to send most Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers who passed through Guatemala back to the poor, crime-stricken country.

On the fight against corruption, Giammattei ruled out any possibility of restoring the mandate of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the United Nations mission that charged former president Otto Perez with graft and ran afoul of Morales because it investigated him. "If we don't have the capacity to look after our own people, imagine what it will be like for foreigners".

About eight million Guatemalans are registered to vote in the Central American country.

Critics of the deal say Guatemala - which struggles with poverty and violence - is woefully unequipped to handle the tens of thousands of migrants the policy would redirect to the country.

The agreement signed by the current Morales government is aimed at reducing the number of asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. -Mexico border.

But US President Donald Trump had threatened Guatemala with a travel ban, tariffs and a tax on remittances if it did not yield.

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The third country agreement is also highly unpopular in Guatemala.

Whatever unpopularity Giammattei faces over this deal will likely be dwarfed if the United States - recipient of around 40% of Guatemala's exports - suddenly puts up trade barriers.

Giammattei will not take office until January, by which time Guatemala may be under severe pressure from the deal, which effectively turns the country into a buffer zone by forcing migrants to apply for asylum there rather than in the United States. "Really the future is in his hands and we don't know exactly what he's going to do", she said.

Similar to Giammattei, she is a strong advocate for "family values", which is reflective of a country where Catholic and Evangelical churches have established a strong foothold in internal politics and policymaking. "I think what can stop migration are walls of opportunities".

Both Giammattei and his presidential rival had at times been on the wrong end of investigations by the CICIG - as had Morales, who accused it of abusing its power in Guatemala before terminating its mandate, effective September 3. "Organized crime does not respect borders", said Giammattei, who has pledged to reintroduce the death penalty, suspended since 2000 in Guatemala.

Central America's migration problem is not new, he said, but "it was magnified because it's become a theme of the political campaign in the United States".

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