Guatemala’s Constitutional Court Suspends Order Against Semilla Party, Allowing their Participation in the Second Round of Presidential Election

2023-07-14 03:31:02

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, on Thursday suspended a court order barring the Semilla (seed) party of Social Democratic candidate Bernardo Arevalo from running in the second round of the presidential election, scheduled for 20 august.

A Constitutional Court resolution granted Mr. Arevalo an interim injunction, reversing the measure passed Wednesday that prevented Semilla’s candidate from participating in the ballot, Guatemala’s top court said in a statement.

Mr. Arevalo had already announced earlier, on Thursday, the filing of a complaint for “prevarication” once morest the prosecutor behind the suspension of the legal registration of his party. “What is important now is to act once morest the corrupt prosecutor (Rafael) Curruchiche,” he said at a press conference.

Sandra Torres and Bernardo Arevalo, both social democrats, found themselves at the head of the 22 presidential candidates in the first round, marked by high abstention and a large number of invalid ballots.

Favorite in the polls and unsuccessful candidate several times before, Sandra Torres, ex-wife of former left-wing president Alvaro Colom (2008-2012), obtained almost 16% of the vote.

MP Bernardo Arevalo, son of the country’s first democratically elected president, Juan José Arevalo (1945-1951), created a surprise with almost 12% of the vote. He was placed in 8th position with 2.9% of voting intentions in the last pre-election poll by the Prodatos Institute.

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