The elected president of Guatemala, Bernardo Arevalosuffered a judicial setback this Wednesday after the Supreme Court reject his appeal for protection against the attorney general and a judge who ordered a raid voting center and check the boxes with the ballots of the elections of June.
“By majority the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) resolved not to decree” the resource of protection presented by Arevalo on September 13, considering that violations of the electoral law were committed, said the lawyer for the high courtLeonel Marroquín, when reporting the resolutions of the court.
Arévalo and the elected vice president, Karin Herrerapresented said protection accompanied by dozens of Guatemalans who joined the call of the incoming authorities to join the defense actions in the democracy.
The president-elect then stated that “the different actions we are carrying out are established by law and we are resorting to the law to defend the rights that assist us, but above all the people of Guatemala”.
He resourcefiled against the attorney general, Consuelo Porras; Judge Fredy Orellana; and the head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity (FECI), Rafael Curruchicheincluded in a list of “corrupt” and undemocratic actors in the United States, are part of the legal actions with which Arevalo seeks to protect the results of the elections and stop what it considers a plan of “coup” to prevent him from assuming power on January 14.
Since the Seed Movement achieved surprising results – compared to what the polls predicted – in the first round of electionsCelebrated on June 25thhe Public ministry Guatemala has taken numerous actions to disqualify the results or illegalize political formation, actions that have received condemnation from the international community.
With this resource Arévalo sought to “guarantee the purity of the electoral process, protect the declaration of results, especially protect the electoral material,” stated the jurist. Edie Cuxdirector of the NGO Citizen Actionfrom Transparency International.
Cux considered that with the denial of the protection “The Supreme Court does not guarantee the violated rightsdoes not provide a solution or legal certainty for the protection of the constitutional rights of voting and electoral results.”
The Court “evades the responsibility of continuing with the process, it does not provide a solution to the entire crisis that is being generated by this violation that the Public Ministry has committed by violating the electoral material,” he pointed out.
For the third consecutive day, indigenous people blocked several routes in Guatemala this Wednesday to demand the resignation of Porraswho is accused of leading the alleged coup.
The blockades began on Monday after the headquarters of the electoral court were raided to seize election records.
“What I see now looks like a coup d’état in slow motion“Arévalo stated on Tuesday during a non-partisan forum at the Wilson Centerin Washington.
The Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU) and international organizations warned that democracy and governability are being attacked. Guatemala.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)