Biden Helped Save Democracy in Guatemala as Trump Surrogates Sought to Undermine It
Guatemala Shows Democracy Globally is on the Ballot in November 2024
NATHAN NEWMAN 🧭 NOV. 2024.
In a story the media barely covered, a new democratically elected President in Guatemala took office early on Monday morning, even as corrupt rightwing forces did everything they could for months to stop his inauguration.
And if that sounds familiar, Trump forces were key players supporting coup plotters seeking to stop the new President Bernardo Arévalo from taking office.
Which highlights the stakes for global democracy in the coming US election.
The Fight for Democracy in Guatemala
Arevalo had won a surprise victory in August on an anti-corruption platform that mobilized large numbers of voters, particularly indigenous Guatemalans, to vote out incumbent Alejandro Giammattei, whose conservative government has been awash in corruption scandals.
Within hours of winning by overwhelming margins, the Giammattei-controlled Supreme Electoral Tribunal, prodded by Guatemala’s attorney general Consuelo Porras, suspended Arevalo’s reform party to block him from being sworn in. Protests and strikes erupted across the nation, paralyzing the country.
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