Guatemala’s Pérez Molina clings to power despite unprecedented pressure to resign

By David Boddiger

GUATEMALA CITY – In a pre-recorded message broadcast to the nation last night, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina refused to step down in the face of growing evidence of his likely involvement in a massive customs fraud network known as “La Línea.”

After former Vice President Roxana Baldetti was arrested Friday on corruption charges, and the U.N.-funded International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) requested that Pérez Molina be stripped of his immunity from prosecution, the almighty private sector lobby, CACIF, held a press conference urging him to step down.

Hours later, seven Cabinet ministers with strong ties to the private sector resigned, stating that they felt “let down” by the revelations of his alleged involvement in “La Línea.”

Cornered, with no remaining political allies and with his government falling apart at the seams, Pérez Molina’s resignation seemed imminent.

See: A whopping 88 percent of Guatemalans disapprove of President Otto Pérez Molina’s job

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Spurred by the news of Baldetti’s arrest, thousands of Guatemalans took to the streets again Saturday to demand the president’s resignation, waving placards that … continue reading

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