Guatemala plunges into a political crisis after the Supreme Court of Justice extended the suspension of the election results

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Two weeks after the elections in Guatemala, no official results yet. It is not even known when there will be, after the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) resolved this Saturday to extend the suspension of the officialization of the results of the elections held on June 25, which, in principle, was won by the candidate of the National Unity of Hope (A), Sandra Torreswhile the Seed candidate, Bernardo Arevalo de Leon Was in second place. It is expected that both will dispute the Presidency of the Central American country in the second round to be held on August 20.

However, there is still no call, so the electoral campaign cannot start, after what was resolved by the president of the CSJ, Silvia Valdeswho, in a resolution signed solely by her, has given the TSE a period of twelve hours to deliver a report on the procedure for the comparison of electoral records, which took place from July 4 to 6 to verify whether strictly complied with what was ordered by the CC.

For three days, the 23 Electoral Boards of the country recounted the electoral records at the request of the Constitutional Court (CC), which in turn had ordered the TSE to suspend the officialization of the results on suspicion of “fraud” denounced by nine political parties, including UNE and the official party Vamos.

Specifically, on July 1, the CC granted an injunction to these nine formations and stressed that the TSE should suspend the classification of the results, so that, by August 20, “everything has been duly purged.”

In an unprecedented call in Guatemala, the prosecutors of the different parties of the 22 departments of Guatemala and the Central District They were challenging those acts in which they considered that the votes had not been properly counted and even requested the annulment of the elections in some municipalities on the grounds that there were irregularities. After a few marathon days that ended at dawn, the Departmental Electoral Boards denied any fraud in the electoral process, although they did accept some challenges and even resolved to request the annulment of the elections in some municipalities, although the final decision rests with the five titular magistrates. of the TSE that continue to study these appeals.

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