Guatemala's Pérez Molina says he's 'calm' as impeachment storm swirls around him

By David Boddiger

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said Monday he is calm and confident he has done nothing wrong, as lawmakers debated stripping his immunity and forcing him to face prosecution on corruption charges.

“I reiterate yet again my position on the allegations made by the prosecution, and it is that I am completely calm,” he said at a news conference.

The conservative president has faced mounting calls for his resignation since U.N. investigators accused him of running a massive fraud scheme at the national customs service, a scandal that has already felled his former vice president and caused nearly half his Cabinet to resign.

Read: Why Guatemala’s Pérez Molina turns a deaf ear to widespread calls for his resignation

His latest denial came after a congressional investigative committee recommended Saturday that he be stripped of his presidential immunity and prosecuted.

The decision now moves to the full legislature, where 105 lawmakers out of 158 would have to vote in favor of such a resolution.

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina.

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Just before Pérez Molina’s news conference, his lawyer filed a motion with the Constitutional Court to block the vote, which is expected in the coming days.

Investigators say the president, arrested ex-vice president Roxana Baldetti, and … continue reading

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