Guatemala’s congress has chosen a successor for the vice-president who resigned last week amid a widening corruption scandal which threatens to unleash a political crisis in the Central American country.
After a week in which the government struggled to find a candidate the congress would accept, the appointment of constitutional judge Alejandro Maldonado seems unlikely to stall the growing wave of public indignation that helped force Roxana Baldetti out of office.
Baldetti stepped down last Friday after politicians began an investigation into whether to remove her immunity from prosecution. The former vice-president denies any involvement in the corruption scheme, but prosecutors have accused her private secretary of being at the center of the multimillion-dollar scam.
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