President Alejandro Giammattei Reiterates Commitment to the Transfer of Power

The President recalled the constitutional mandate in a message to the nation.

by Victor Cojulún

Guatemala City -AGN- In a speech broadcast to the nation at noon on August 29, President Giammattei stated that his team is preparing for the transfer of presidential powers scheduled for January 14, 2024, as the Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala mandates. Through these actions, the President reiterates the message he has expressed on multiple occasions. 

Invitation to the OAS

President Giammattei also referred to the invitation he extended to the Organization of American States -OAS- to oversee the electoral and transition process until the transfer of power when the new authorities take office. The President’s invitation will allow the observers to witness a transition process that will unfold as never before.

The transfer of power is the process that completes the transition period. The day of the official transfer of power begins with the delivery of the final government report by the outgoing administration to the Congress of the Republic. Subsequently, the newly elected members of Congress take office alongside the outgoing ones, and the Board of Directors is elected. The new Congress then suspends the session for the ceremony of presidential power transfer at the Miguel Ángel Asturias Cultural Center. President Alejandro Giammattei has repeatedly affirmed that these events will, without a doubt, occur on January 14.

The transition process moves forward

The Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency -Segeplan- has been working since February 2023 on the transition process, preparing a detailed state of all Executive Branch entities. Segeplan’s work will ensure that the incoming authorities properly receive executive power.

The transition process consists of three phases. The first phase took place from February to May 2023. It consisted of workshops to familiarize entities with multi-year planning guidelines and to prepare and deliver information. 

In the second phase, institutional data was compiled, processed, and systematized to create individual transition files, and the transition report’s first draft was prepared. This phase began in June and will continue until October.

The third phase will unfold from October 2023 to January 2024. It consists of bilateral meetings between Segeplan and the Government Cabinet designated to review the report. It also includes multilateral working sessions between the current cabinet and the one appointed by the President-elect.

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