Guatemala Reaffirms Its Commitment to Democracy and the Transition Process

The Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated Guatemala's support for the run-off election on August 20.

by Victor Cojulún
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Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN-. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mario Búcaro, reaffirmed Guatemala’s commitment to democracy and the country’s transition process this Thursday at the Organization of American States -OAS-.

According to Minister Búcaro, “The Government reiterates its commitment to democracy. We respect the sovereignty of each state present here and ask for respect without interference.”

The Government of Guatemala restated its commitment to guarantee that it will be possible to reach governance agreements with civil society in full transparency during the transition process, with the support and observance of the international community and the OAS.

Transition Process

The Guatemalan Foreign Affairs Minister reiterated his support for the run-off election on Sunday, August 20. He stated, “It is important to report that the President of Guatemala has instructed all Executive Branches to give their unrestricted support to the winning presidential candidate in the upcoming elections.” 

Both candidates participating in the second round of elections are already receiving security assistance.

The transition process has been prepared since January of this year to ensure that the newly elected government has all the necessary information to meet the citizens’ demands.

OAS Support 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs also reaffirmed the support for the OAS electoral observers’ mission:

“We reaffirm the support for the work of the OAS Secretariat through  the organization’s cooperation and support they have provided in the electoral process.”

Through his official social media accounts, the President of Guatemala reported meeting with authorities from the OAS Electoral Observers Mission on May 10. They addressed inter-institutional efforts and actions supporting the general elections.

Subsequently, President Giammattei held another meeting with the OAS electoral observers on June 20 before the elections on Sunday, June 25.

The Delegation

The OAS Electoral Observation Mission -EOM- is headed by the former Foreign Minister of Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga.

The delegation arrived in Guatemala in mid-June, composed of 90 observers and experts in different areas of the electoral process, such as organization, justice, and technology. Historically, this is the twenty-first mission that the OAS has deployed to Guatemala.

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