Country facing political meltdown after Jimmy Morales announced plan to dismantle the commission investigating him

Flanked by high-ranking military and police officers, Guatemala’s president Jimmy Morales declared that the country’s fight against corruption and impunity was over.

In a scene evocative of the country’s repressive military history, he claimed that the Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) – a body established by the United Nations in 2007 to help dismantle powerful criminal networks – had in fact encouraged corruption, selectively pursued criminal cases based on ideological bias and sown “judicial terror”.

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