Guatemala court approves bid to impeach president, Congress to decide




 
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Guatemala court approves bid to impeach president, Congress to decide
 
August 26th, 2015  
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Guatemala court approves bid to impeach president, Congress to decide
By Enrique Pretel and Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - The Guatemalan Supreme Court on Tuesday approved a request by the country's attorney general to impeach President Otto Perez over his suspected involvement in a racket to siphon customs revenue from the government, and passed the matter to Congress for approval. A number of corruption investigations have devastated Perez's cabinet and led to the resignation in May of Vice President Roxana Baldetti. Guatemala's attorney general and a United Nations-backed anti-corruption body known as the CICIG sought to impeach Perez on Friday after months of investigation into the racket known as La Linea, or "the line," after a phone hotline that was used in the scandal.




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