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Guatemalans march over president's bid to close UN anti-graft unit

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Marchers wave banners saying 'We reject the government of the corrupt' amid rising international concern

IN PROTEST. People take part in a demonstration in support of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala City on January 12, 2019. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Top Guatemala court overturns bid to close U.N. anti-graft mission

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:50 AM

The constitutional court orders government authorities to tell staff and civil servants to cooperate with the UN mission

UN MISSION. In this file photo, members of social organizations demonstrate against President Jimmy Morales' decisions regarding the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) outside the Congress in Guatemala City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Following Trump's lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) Guatemala president Jimmy Morales is the first leader to back US President Donald Trump's controversial change of stance on the holy city

CAPITAL QUARREL. Guatemala is set to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel

Guatemala faces crisis after president turns on UN man

Aug 28, 2017 - 7:49 AM

President Jimmy Morales tries to expel a UN official investigating him for suspected corruption but is overruled by the courts

Guatemalans march demanding the resignation of President Jimmy Morales and in support of the head of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), Ivan Velasquez, who is investigating corruption in the country, in front of the Culture Palace in Guatemala City, on August 26, 2017. Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala mourns 35 girls killed in shelter fire

Mar 10, 2017 - 3:20 PM

An investigation is underway to determine the exact circumstances and attribute criminal responsibility

People take part in a protest at the Square of the Constitution in Guatemala City on March 9, 2017, following the death of 34 girls in a recent fire at a government-run children's shelter in San Jose Pinula, east of the capital.  Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala in mourning after blaze kills 29 girls in shelter

Mar 09, 2017 - 8:00 AM

3rd UPDATE The blaze is believed to have started during disturbances in the packed center which holds nearly double the 400 people it was designed to house

Police stand guard as forensic personnel work at the children's shelter Virgen de la Asuncion after a fire at the facility killed at least 19 people, in San Jose Pinula, about 30km east of Guatemala City, on March 8, 2017. Johan Ordonez/AFP

Comedian takes office as Guatemala's new president

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:55 AM

Most Guatemalans view newly elected president Jimmy Morales with fondness as a familiar figure from his 15 year television career on a program he produced

NEW PRESIDENT. Guatemala´s President-elect Jimmy Morales (R) shakes hands with Spanish former King Juan Carlos (L) prior to their meeting held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on January 13, 2016. Former King Juan Carlos is in Guatemala to attend the swearing in ceremony of Guatemala's new president upcoming January 14. Photo by Esteban Biba/EPA

Serious work ahead for comedian voted Guatemala leader

Oct 27, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Morales a comic actor and TV personality who has never held elected office now must set about governing an impoverished Central American country with little to work with but high public expectations and a deep yearning for change

SERIOUS BUSINESS. Guatemalan president-elect Jimmy Morales speaks during a press conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala, October 26, 2015. Esteban Biba/EPA

Corruption-weary Guatemalans elect comedian as president

Oct 26, 2015 - 9:12 AM

UPDATED Jimmy Morales a comic actor and TV personality with no political experience has 69 of the vote to 31 for former first lady Sandra Torres

LEADING THE PACK. Guatemalan Presidential candidate for the National Front of Convergence (FCN) party, Jimmy Morales speaks as they wait for the results of the 2015 general elections in Guatemala City, Guatemala, early September 7, 2015. Santiago Billy/EPA

Graft-weary Guatemalans to choose new president

Sep 06, 2015 - 9:29 AM

The frontrunner in the presidential race is a comedian Jimmy Morales a political novice who rose to fame clowning around as a simpleton who accidentally ends up becoming president

Election officials move ballot papers to be sent to polling stations, on the eve of Guatemala's general elections in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 05 September 2015. Esteban Biba/EPA

Guatemala heads for elections amid political tumult

Sep 05, 2015 - 7:50 PM

The rally follows on the heels of protests Friday when hundreds of demonstrators mostly indigenous Guatemalans railed against disgraced ex president Otto Perez outside his hearing at the Supreme Court

Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal personnel prepare electoral material for the September 6 general election, in Guatemala City on September 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO Marvin RECINOS