Guatemala's President-Elect Bernardo Arevalo Says Coup Attempt Underway
© AP Photo / Moises CastilloPeople accompany President-elect Bernardo Arévalo in a march in protest of government interference in the elections he won in August, in Guatemala City, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023.
© AP Photo / Moises Castillo
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - In August, presidential elections were held in Guatemala, which were won by Bernardo Arуvalo. After the elections, Arevalo said that a group of politicians and officials refused to recognize the results of the vote and were trying to prevent him from taking office.
The move by Guatemala's Prosecutor General's office to overturn the results of the general election is an ongoing coup attempt, President-elect Bernardo Arevalo said.
"Although the novel that prosecutors presented to us makes us grin with its ridiculous arguments, a coup attempt is real, and it has brought us to a decisive moment," Arevalo said during a press conference he broadcast on TikTok.
The Guatemalan Prosecutor General's office said Friday that the presidential election results are invalid due to alleged administrative violations by the Supreme Electoral Court.
In late August, Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal declared Bernardo Arevalo the winner of the presidential election with 60% of the vote. On September 1, Arevalo said some lawmakers and officials refused to accept the results of Guatemala's presidential election and were plotting a coup against him. The allegations followed an investigation into alleged irregularities in the first round of the election.
"The forms used in the calculations were not approved by the plenum of magistrates and are legally null and void," Prosecutor Leonor Morales told a press conference, broadcast on the prosecutor's office social media.
In September, Arevalo called on the country's residents to protest in support of his demands for the resignation of the prosecutor general and other officials, whom he accuses of trying to carry out a coup d'état. These protests are still ongoing.