Guatemala Congress Panel Backs Ending President’s Immunity Over Probe

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A Guatemalan congressional committee on Sunday recommended that President Jimmy Morales lose his immunity from prosecution to face a probe into suspected campaign financing irregularities, paving the way for a full vote in Congress in the coming days.

The decision by the five-member congressional committee means that Congress could vote on its recommendation as early as this week. Presidential immunity can be lifted with the backing of at least two-thirds of the 158-member Congress.

Congressman Julio Ixcamey, head of the committee, told Reuters “the decision was made to remove the president’s immunity” and that more details on how the matter will proceed would be given at a news conference at 11 a.m. on Monday.

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