Calling to respect the autonomy of the TSE, Judge Blanca Alfaro sent a message to the Attorney General and head of the MP, Consuelo Porras.
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In his statement on the proceedings conducted by a prosecutor’s office of the Public Ministry (MP) in the offices of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Judge Blanca Alfaro sent a message to the Attorney General, Consuelo Porras.
“Today I mainly appeal to the Attorney General for that explanation. We are in a national month, very important, in a month where for us, Guatemalans, there are many leading people (…) who left their lives to fight for the long-awaited freedom and fight for democracy,” he said.
The judge, who will take over as president of the Court next October, indicated that these are some “quite a convulsive election from the beginning of the process”.
In this framework, he urges to guarantee the alternation of power and remembers that the President Alejandro Giammattei He is committed to that aspect. In fact, in the second meeting of the government’s transition, he said that he was ready to give his life so that Bernardo Arévalo could sit on January 14, 2024.
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During his speech, Alfaro compared the situation the country is experiencing now to the one before the signing of the Peace Agreements. “We have to sit at a table, like the negotiations in the 80s”said.
He also stated that “certainly there have been previous moments of tension, like what we are experiencing” now.
For the next president of the TSE, this is the time to talk about judicialization of political issues and that it will be analyzed how the political class owes the population respect for the vote. According to him, this way can show the maturity of the country’s politics.
Regarding the role of the MP, the magistrate expressed respect for his work in seeking justice which he considers fundamental for the preservation of democracy, but demands respect for the work and mandate of the Court.
On the other hand, he emphasized the importance of electoral boards and vote receiving boards, which he described as guardians of popular will.