Will Latin America’s Anti-Corruption Wave Founder Where It Began?

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, center, stands between Guatemala City Mayor Alvaro Arzu, left, and Villa Nueva Mayor Edwin Escobar during a meeting in Guatemala City, Aug. 29, 2017 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, center, stands between Guatemala City Mayor Alvaro Arzu, left, and Villa Nueva Mayor Edwin Escobar during a meeting in Guatemala City, Aug. 29, 2017 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).

In recent years, while different regions of the world fought battles against extremism, disease or the rise of authoritarianism, Latin America waged its own pivotal war against what has been arguably the region’s greatest scourge: corruption. Now, after a string of victories that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago, the conflict faces a make-or-break challenge in the very place where it was born, Guatemala. Guatemala’s president, Jimmy Morales, has put the lie to his campaign promise to stand against corruption and in support of the rule of law, and is now threatening the institution that made it […]

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