President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala Spawns a Political Crisis with the Attempted Expulsion of a United Nations Investigator
A crisis erupted in Guatemala on August 28, 2017, after Attorney General Thelma Aldana denounced President Jimmy Morales’ decision to expel Colombian lawyer Iván Velásquez, head of the Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG), which was created in 2006 with the support of the United Nations. While Morales claimed that he was expelling the respected jurist to protect the fatherland, observers noted that Aldana and Velázquez were moving to strip him of his immunity in an ongoing corruption investigation. Protests and resignations ensued, while the Guatemalan high court blocked the president’s move. Political observers wonder if this is the beginning of the end for President Morales.