Guatemala’s President Facing Down Congress And Courts

Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales is followed by his security detail after meeting with city mayors in Guatemala City on Aug. 29, 2017.
Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales is followed by his security detail after meeting with city mayors in Guatemala City on Aug. 29, 2017. Moises Castillo / Associated Press
Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales is followed by his security detail after meeting with city mayors in Guatemala City on Aug. 29, 2017.
Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales is followed by his security detail after meeting with city mayors in Guatemala City on Aug. 29, 2017. Moises Castillo / Associated Press

Guatemala’s President Facing Down Congress And Courts

Guatemala’s High Court approved a measure to strip President Jimmy Morales' immunity. Guatemala’s congress will convene a panel to investigate Morales’ finances. The former comedian is accused of shuffling around money, but it’s unclear if any laws were broken. The Supreme Court will allow a conviction if ⅔ of the congress agrees on any wrongdoing. This comes two years after the country’s preceding president, Otto Pérez Molina, resigned in a similar scandal that landed him in prison. We’ll talk about corruption in Guatemala with Adriana Beltrán, senior associate for Citizen Security at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).