The Politics of Corruption in Guatemala

The Politics of Corruption in Guatemala I am pleased to present a volume on corruption and politics in Guatemala After nearly five months of extensive investigating interviewing and analysis we have prepared a two part document that we f

  • Title: The Politics of Corruption in Guatemala
  • Author: Samuel Logan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • I am pleased to present a volume on corruption and politics in Guatemala After nearly five months of extensive investigating, interviewing, and analysis, we have prepared a two part document that we feel gives substance to the ongoing concerns that the public and private sectors reserve when deciding to invest in Guatemala and her future At the core of this effort standsI am pleased to present a volume on corruption and politics in Guatemala After nearly five months of extensive investigating, interviewing, and analysis, we have prepared a two part document that we feel gives substance to the ongoing concerns that the public and private sectors reserve when deciding to invest in Guatemala and her future At the core of this effort stands a focus group of Southern Pulse investigators who extensively interviewed sources in Guatemala, Mexico, and across Central America, and researchers who combed through newspapers and other online sources for information on how money and power corrupt politicians in Guatemala We have endeavored to present as accurate picture as possible of actual cases that substantiate the presence of pervasive corruption in Guatemala While there are many modalities of corruption, this report focuses on the corruption of politics Our interviews confirm media accounts that portray politicians as extremely susceptible to pressure from the private sector, including criminals, who line the pockets of politicians in exchanges for protection, privileges and policies that benefit them As we go to press in late April 2013, Guatemala is prosecuting a trial against former President Efra n R os Montt, on charges of genocide Another ex President Alfonso Portillo is in jail awaiting extradition to the U.S on charges of money laundering In our estimation, the situation has offered limited improvement Under the current administration of Otto P rez Molina, egregious cases of bribery and collusion with criminals still exist, but apparently little political will exists to tackle these cases Yet there is a great danger that whoever succeeds P rez Molina will inherit a situation that represents little improvement over the Colom administration Rumors of impunity, ill gotten gains, and contacts with drug traffickers swirl around all likely candidates We begin with a look at the recent past, and why some assessments of corruption worsened from 2008 to 2012 Then we examine the state of political corruption currently, and end with a forward looking section discussing realistic concerns about the future of Guatemala s government.

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