Guatemalan president makes transition proposal to Arévalo | News

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The elected president of Guatemala, Bernardo Arévalo, assured this Monday that he received an official proposal from the outgoing president, Alejandro Giammattei, for the government transition ahead of next January 14, the date of the inauguration.


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Arévalo and Giammattei met this Monday for the first time after the 64-year-old academic's victory in the runoff on August 20.

The president-elect indicated in a press conference after the meeting that they will analyze the current president's proposal to organize the work schedule for the transition of command.

"The proposal that was given to us seems well systematized and we made some observations about some changes," Arévalo pointed out.

"What remains is to more or less define the schedule or chronology that is proposed, with a series of meetings at different levels," he added.

The meeting of both politicians this Monday was supervised by the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, given the growing tension in the Central American country.

Almagro, along with an OAS delegation, attended the Presidential House located in the Guatemalan capital, where he witnessed the formal start of the transfer of command that must take place on January 14.

The tension originates from the attempts of the Public Ministry of Guatemala to suspend the Semilla Movement, which nominated Arévalo, since last July 12, after Arévalo's second place in the first electoral round on June 25.

The leadership of the Public Ministry, commanded by the attorney general, Consuelo Porras, was sanctioned by the United States in the last two years under accusations of "undermining" justice in Guatemala.

On September 1, Arévalo accused Porras of carrying out a technical "coup d'état" to prevent his inauguration next January.

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