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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:18 PM

Guatemala Congress says it will withdraw contested graft reforms

Source: Reuters

#WORLD NEWS SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 / 2:38 PM / UPDATED 38 MINUTES AGO

Guatemala Congress says it will withdraw contested graft reforms

Reuters Staff
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GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala’s Congress announced on Thursday that it will withdraw controversial reforms that critics had described as a serious setback in the country’s fight against political corruption.

On Wednesday, Guatemala’s Congress approved a “national emergency” decree to curb penalties for illegal election financing after President Jimmy Morales was linked to suspected irregularities during his 2015 election campaign.

Morales, whose immunity from prosecution was reinforced by Congress earlier this week, had said he would veto the reforms if they were found to be harmful to the nation.

After rowdy demonstrations in the capital on Thursday, Morales announced he had suspended an independence day parade that was to have taken place on Friday.

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