THE BALL – President cuts relations with Venezuela (Guatemala)

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Alejandro Giammattei, a doctor and former director of the 63-year-old Guatemalan Penitentiary System, who took office on Tuesday, made the announcement Thursday and the closing of his embassy in the country.

Giammattei won the presidential elections in August 2019 and shortly afterwards tried to enter Venezuela, but only succeeded by having an Italian passport.

Alejandro Giammattei succeeds Jimmy Morales and was elected on the promise of fighting corruption in Guatemala and fighting poverty, which has led thousands of Guatemalans to migrate to the US.

About 60 percent of Guatemala’s 15 million people live below the poverty line, a level that the new president hopes to help lower to 25 percent by 2032.

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