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Guatemala business chiefs back Morales against UN

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales said he was withdrawing the United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission, Cicig, and giving its team a day to leave the country.

Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, "energetically" condemned the decision, but the nation's leading business organization, Cacif, strongly backed it.

Cacif said in a statement that Cicig "has simply contributed to polarize the country and divided public opinion."