Sunday, June 4, 2023

Guatemala presidential election favorite party drops fight campaign suspension

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – The party that nominates the leader in Guatemala’s presidential election, the opposition Carlos Pineda, has abandoned its attempt to reverse the temporary suspension of the businessman’s campaign, leaving it in the hands of the highest Have given. The country’s court resolves its sustainability in competition.

Prosperidad Ciudadana unexpectedly withdrew its appeal Tuesday night against the suspension of Pineda, a businessman with agricultural and transportation businesses, ordered by a local court last week.

The group notified the Constitutional Court of its decision, but has not made a public statement of its reasons or whether it means it will withdraw its support for the candidacy of Pineda, who is required to participate in the June 25 elections. A political party is needed for that. according to the law.

The right-wing Prosperidad Ciudadana did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The Constitutional Court must decide by Friday at the latest whether Pineda, 50, can continue to run for president or whether he will have to drop out permanently.

Pineda has 22% of voting intentions, according to a poll published Wednesday by Sid Gallup and conducted face-to-face interviews with 1,204 people nationwide.

In the last Gallup poll conducted in February, Pineda was ranked sixth with 3% of voting intentions.

Pineda, who is participating in a presidential campaign for the first time with an anti-corruption speech and criticism of traditional politicians, would have been overtaken by Sandra Torres, the re-nominated candidate for the National Unity of Hope (UNE), who is leading in preferences. are in second place, with 20%.

Pineda’s campaign was suspended after Jorge Baldizon, deputy candidate for the right-wing Cambio party, introduced an amparo in early May against the candidacy of the businessman and the rest of the Civic Prosperity candidates, arguing for alleged irregularities in one of his elections. was given. assemblies.

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