Guatemalan president orders out UN anti-corruption investigator

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41066686

Guatemala’s president has ordered the expulsion from the country of the head of the UN anti-corruption mission.

President Jimmy Morales ordered Iván Velásquez Gómez’s immediate removal in a video message released on Sunday.

The Constitutional Court quickly halted the order, but Mr Morales said it did not have the power to overrule his decisions on foreign affairs.

The UN agency has backed calls for the removal of Mr Morales’ political immunity.

Guatemalan prosecutors accused Mr Morales of funding irregularities in the 2015 election.

In a video posted on social media, Mr Morales declared Colombian lawyer Iván Velásquez persona non grata.

“As president of the republic, for the interests of the Guatemalan people, strengthening of the rule of law, and institutionality, I declare Mr Iván Velásquez Gómez non grata, in his capacity as commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, and I order that he immediately leaves the Republic of Guatemala,” Mr Morales said.

Health Minister Lucrecia Hernández Mack‏ resigned in protest at the president’s move.

She said on Twitter it had become “ethically and politically unviable” to work in such a government.

Hours later, the Constitutional Court decided by three votes to two to temporarily block the decision.

But Mr Morales dismissed the court’s ruling.

“No national court has constitutional powers to overrule decisions taken by the president concerning foreign affairs,” he wrote on social media.

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get the cockroaches out asap!

“As president of the republic, for the interests of the Guatemalan people, strengthening of the rule of law, and institutionality, I declare Mr Iván Velásquez Gómez non grata, in his capacity as commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, and I order that he immediately leaves the Republic of Guatemala,” Mr Morales said.”

what do we know about this man?

“Guatemalan prosecutors accused Mr Morales of funding irregularities in the 2015 election.”

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~ by seeker401 on August 29, 2017.

3 Responses to “Guatemalan president orders out UN anti-corruption investigator”

  1. wow, the UN has a deep influence in Guatemala. Enough to cause public government figures, such as judges and a political advisor, to heed the UN and not their own president when it came to a national decision. That is deep entrenchment.

    Imagine the UN makes a decision and that happens in the U.S. The Supreme Court on its’ own act blocking a U.S. decision in favor of a UN policy decision concerning the U.S. government, and a Health cabinet member quitting in favor of the UN and not the U.S. gov’t authority. I think because in the U.S. the UN has enough influence through the back door and public disruption of national government interests is not necessary.

  2. Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

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