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Guatemala: The EU is preparing sanctions against those responsible for the attempted coup

The ambassador of the European Union in Guatemala, Thomas Peyker, announced through his social networks that the organization is preparing “sanctions” in response to the maneuvers of institutions and individuals to try to annul the process in the elections in Guatemala.

“As the European Union we are preparing sanctions within the framework of strict measures directed against those responsible for the attempted coup d’état in Guatemala. #DemocracyInDanger,” Peyker published on his social network account X, formerly Twitter.

The ambassador also quoted a message from the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Joseph Borrell, which condemned the “attempts to annul the elections in Guatemala, based on baseless accusations of fraud.”

In October, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Guatemala (TSE) made official the election results of the second round of the Guatemalan presidential elections on August 20, in which Bernardo Arévalo, of the Semilla Movement, won, thus ending the electoral process. . However, the Ministry of Public Affairs requested the cancellation of the entire election process due to the alleged irregularities of the Semilla Movement.

The OAS has a similar position

The General Secretariat of Organization of American States (OAS) condemned this Friday, through a statement, “the attempted coup d’état of the Public Ministry of Guatemala.” This is because of the attempt by prosecutors Rafael Curruchiche and Leonor Morales to annul the general elections in the country.

The organization asked the president of the country, Alejandro Giammattei; to the Constitutional Court; to the Supreme Court of Justice and Congress to act against “the perpetrators of this attack” to “defend the institutions and the constitutional order.”

the OAS He maintained that the attempt to annul this year’s general elections constitutes “the worst form of democratic destruction” and the consolidation of a “political fraud against the will of the people.”

The criticism continues

The elected president of Guatemala, Bernardo Arévalo de León, assured that the Public Ministry of the Central American country “has no credibility,” and that the new accusations against him raised by that body are “worthless and ridiculous. “

“It is time to strongly defend our voice and the possibility of building a different country. No one should stand between the people of Guatemala and their spring. The attempted coup is real and brings us to an important moment in history. in our country. country,” he said.

The accusations of the Prosecutor’s Office this Friday also target Bernardo Arévalo for an alleged case of money laundering, among other crimes.

“We won the election and we will be seated on January 14,” he added.

(With information from Europa Press)

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