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Guatemala president's immunity should be lifted, lawmakers say

Guatemala president's immunity should be lifted, lawmakers say”

The Guatemalan Congress has voted to uphold President Jimmy Morales' presidential immunity after he was accused of hiding his election campaign fund sources.

Congress voted overwhelmingly on Monday not to lift the leader's immunity, but since the measure failed to meet a threshold of the 105 votes needed to settle the matter for good, it now effectively goes into a dormant state and can be reconsidered in another session of congress.

Guatemala's President-elect Jimmy Morales arrives for a news conference in Guatemala City, October 26, 2015.

But analysts said ahead of the vote that outcome looked unlikely because of the party alliances of his conservative National Convergence Front.

"Members of Congress are making a pact of corrupt officials now that they are afraid of being investigated themselves for illegal electoral financing", said Alvaro Montenegro, head of the anti-corruption organization Justicia Ya. The congressional vote reversed the recommendation of a Guatemalan congressional committee on Sunday that Morales' immunity be revoked.

Large demonstrations demanding Morales' resignation have taken place in recent weeks, with anger growing after Morales' attempt to quash a series of investigations by the Cicig as well as remove the United Nations anti-corruption body's chief, Ivan Velasquez.

Under the leadership of Ivan Velasquez, a veteran Colombian prosecutor, the CICIG has caused problems for Morales, first investigating his son and brother, and then seeking to prosecute him over some $800,000 in allegedly unexplained campaign funds.

Morales, a former comedian, has denied any wrongdoing. Molina was forced to resign and was eventually imprisoned over a multi-million-dollar bribery scandal which stemmed from a CICIG probe.



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