US warns interference could undermine Guatemala election

US warns interference could undermine Guatemala election

The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed deep concern about attempts to interfere with the outcome of Guatemala’s first-round presidential election. This statement came in response to the Guatemalan top court’s decision to review the ballots. Blinken also supported the findings of observer groups, including the Organization of American States, regarding the validity of the vote. He emphasized that undermining the election result would pose a significant threat to democracy.

Following the challenge from the front-runner’s party and its allies, Guatemala’s top court ordered a review of the ballots from the June 25 election. This decision opens the possibility of a recount before the scheduled runoff vote on August 20.

Sandra Torres, the former first lady who won the first round, has alleged manipulation of votes. Bernardo Arevalo, who unexpectedly became a close runner-up to Torres, criticized her request for a vote review, stating that it lacked legal merit and endangered the electoral process.

In response to these developments, Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement to the international community, requesting respect for the country’s sovereignty and the principle of non-intervention in internal affairs. The statement also emphasized the government’s respect for the independence of its electoral authorities and judicial branch.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Guatemala announced that it would comply with the court’s decision and instruct its local branches to review the ballots within five days. It clarified that it had already completed a review on June 30.

The European Union, which monitored the election and supported the results announced by the Electoral Tribunal, called on Guatemala’s institutions and political parties to respect the electoral process and the will of the citizens.

This article was reported by Daina Beth Solomon in Mexico City and Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City. It was edited by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Josie Kao. The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles apply.

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