Guatemalan Congress Suspends Budget Ratification After Protesters’ Attack on Legislature

The president of the Guatemalan Congress Allan Rodriguez announced on Monday night the suspension of the final ratification process for the 2021 budget, after its approval by lawmakers on Monday morning sparked violent protests and attacks on the legislature.

The president of the Guatemalan Congress Allan Rodriguez announced on Monday night the suspension of the final ratification process for the 2021 budget, after its approval by lawmakers on Monday morning sparked violent protests and attacks on the legislature.

“In order to maintain the governability of the country and social peace, we’ve agreed to suspend the process of approving the revenue and spending plans for the 2021 budget,” Rodriguez said on congressional social media, pointing out that next year’s budget will be based on the 2020 spending plan. That is $1 billion above the sum that had been proposed for 2021, and includes additional spending to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

During an interview with Gustau Alegre ton NTN 24, political analyst Juan Hidalgo said the current political situation in Guatemala “is quite delicate considering the polarization and how President Alejandro Giammattei is not exactly popular.”

Hidalgo also said that “the danger that Guatemala is facing is not only a massive political confrontation between the government and the opposition, but also that the near future could be like the crisis in Peru and Chile.”


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