Former Guatemala Attorney General Officially Becomes Candidate for the Presidency

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A veritable “corruption buster” Guatemala’s former Attorney General Thelma Aldana has officially been nominated by the Seed Movement party, an unsurprising move as Guatemala finds itself in the midst of a deepening constitutional crisis.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A prominent former Guatemalan prosecutor was nominated Sunday to run for president by the Seed Movement party.

Sixty-three-year-old Thelma Aldana was Guatemala’s top prosecutor from 2014 to 2018. During that time, she jailed then-President Otto Perez Molina and most of his Cabinet on corruption charges. Perez Molina resigned in 2015.

Prosecutors said last week that they have opened a corruption investigation into Aldana. If she is arrested or charged, it could effectively prevent her from running in the June election.

Prosecution spokeswoman Julia Barrera said the investigation was related to a case of irregular hiring of personnel.

Read the full article from the Associated Press here.