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Guatemalan VP urges president to resign with him

Guatemala's vice president on Friday, November 20, said he had asked President Alejandro Giammattei to resign with him "for the good of the country," following the passage of a budget that has sparked outrage in the impoverished Central American nation.

"For the good of the country, I asked him that we present our resignations together," Guillermo Castillo said in a message posted on social media.

He also reportedly told the president that "things are not right," and admitted to tensions between himself and the head of state.

Giammattei, a 64-year-old doctor, swept to power in January promising to clean up corruption and fight organized crime.

But his presidency has been dominated by controversy over his handling of the coronavirus, particularly deficiencies in the country's hospitals.

He has also publicly sparred with his vice president, who in May revealed the two had privately clashed over the best response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guatemala's Congress, dominated by conservative pro-government parties, this week approved an almost 13 billion dollar budget, the largest in the country's history.

Most of the funds will go to infrastructure tied to big business, sparking outrage in a country where poverty is widespread and half of children under 5 years old are malnourished.

Analysts have also warned that a third of the budget will need to be financed by debt.

The country's Congress has also approved 3.8 billion dollars to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but less than 15% of those funds have been invested.

Multiple activist groups are set to convene a protest on Saturday afternoon to demand the president's resignation. – Rappler.com