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Guatemalan Congress Backs Presidential Immunity for Morales

GUATEMALA CITY – The Guatemalan Congress voted on Monday against withdrawing the immunity of the Guatemalan President, who is facing an accusation by the Prosecutor’s Office of allegedly withholding details on electoral funds during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

The recommendation of a legislative commission to withdraw the immunity of President Jimmy Morales only garnered 25 out of the 105 required votes in a plenary session on Monday attended by 129 congressmen.

Congressmen who voted for the lifting of the presidential immunity, including Walter Felix, member of the ex-guerrilla Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity Party (URNG), said that rejecting the proposal was a strong blow to the people and that the voting “was flawed.”

The Public Prosecutor’s Office and the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) accused the Guatemalan president of hiding information on the funds received by the National Convergence Front (FCN-Nacion), an organization presided over by Morales during the 2015 presidential campaign.

Opposition Manuel Conde, from the National Advancement Party (PAN), said two voting sessions had been set to take place.

The congressman said the first session was on whether the presidential immunity would be lifted, while the second session, that has yet to take place, was to decide on a criminal proceeding against the president.

 

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