The Guatemalan cabinet ministers for the environment, the interior, and energy and mines stepped down May 21 amid corruption scandals and massive protests.
Investigations into alleged irregularities in mining, energy, and other environmental project contracts and permits have been thrust back into the spotlight. Mining and energy projects in the country have faced intense community resistance, which has often become the target of crackdowns by state and corporate security forces.
Five government officials were on the chopping block May 21: Michelle Martínez, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources; Edwin Rodas, Minister of Energy and Mines; Mauricio López Bonilla, Minister of the Interior; Ulises Anzueto, Secretary of Strategic Intelligence; and Edy Juárez Prera, Vice Minister of Security.
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