Jeff Abbott

guatemala

From Comic to President Under Pressure — Jimmy Morales Takes Office in Guatemala

Morales won a landslide victory in elections last October thanks to his image as an outsider, but now a major new judicial effort to prosecute war crimes from the 1980s has highlighted his links to former military officers accused of atrocities.
Jeff Abbott
1.15.16
VICE News

Former Comedian Wins Guatemala's Presidential Election

Jimmy Morales wins by a huge margin after running as an anti-corruption crusader, though some question whether he is really the political outsider he claims to be.
Jeff Abbott
10.26.15
americas

Comedian Leading Guatemalan Presidential Race Accused of Being Front for the Military

Jimmy Morales has become the runaway favourite to win elections on October 25 thanks to his image as a political outsider, but critics say his party is steeped in Guatemala's military past.
Jeff Abbott
10.17.15
guatemala

Guatemala Landslide: A Tragedy Waiting to Happen

At least 131 dead and hundreds still missing as hope of finding survivors evaporates and rescue efforts focus on recovering bodies.
Jeff Abbott
10.6.15
guatemala

Guatemala's Version of Donald Trump Leads Presidential Race After First Vote

Jimmy Morales — a former comedian known for performing in blackface — received the largest majority of votes and will participate in a run-off with another candidate in October.
Jeff Abbott
9.7.15
americas

Guatemala Holds Presidential Election Despite Calls for Delay Amid Corruption Scandal

Guatemalans are headed to the polls to elect a new leader just three days after a scandal forced ex-president Otto Perez Molina to resign and landed him in jail.
Jeff Abbott
9.6.15
guatemala

Guatemalans Celebrate as President Faces Possible Corruption and War Crimes Charges

After a unanimous vote to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution, Guatemalans are celebrating but wary of the country’s history of impunity.
Jeff Abbott
9.3.15
guatemala

Massive Protests Call for President to Resign as Corruption Scandal Hits Guatemala

Dozens of officials have resigned from President Otto Perez Molina's government and his former vice president has been arrested in connection with a customs fraud scheme.
Jeff Abbott
8.27.15
guatemala

Guatemala’s President Faces Impeachment Over Alleged Links to Corruption Case

President Otto Perez Molina has had charges filed against him in Guatemala’s Supreme Court over his alleged role in a crime ring known as “La Linea.”
Jeff Abbott
8.22.15
guatemala

Protests, Scandals, and Drug Money Tarnish Guatemala’s Presidential Election

Among the most prominent candidates in the September 6 election is a nationalist actor who invokes God and the daughter of a former military dictator accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. Protesters want to postpone the vote.
Jeff Abbott
8.12.15
guatemala

'Obnoxious' Protesters Will Not Make Guatemalan Gold Mine Go Away, CEO Says

For Dan Kappes, CEO of the US mining firm at the center of a struggle over a gold mine in Guatemala, the peaceful resistance group La Puya is "obnoxious" and "manipulated" by outsiders. La Puya has fought against the mine since 2012.
Jeff Abbott
8.4.15
guatemala

Rural and Urban Voices Are Banding Together in Movement to End Corruption in Guatemala

An unlikely alliance has emerged in 11 weeks of protest against the government Otto Perez Molina: Rural, mostly indigenous groups are joining urban protesters, surprising deeply divided Guatemala.
Jeff Abbott
7.16.15