The Board of Directors of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (Usac) demanded respect for the will expressed by the population in the elections, stemming from recent actions that, in their opinion, are aimed at preventing the development of the second round of elections between Bernardo Arevalo of the Seed Movement and Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope (EHE).
“We express our deep concern about the recent activities taken by various members of the Judiciary (JOJ) to ensure that the laws contained in our constitution are faithfully enforced and that this moment hinders the development of a future second round,” the academic division said in a press release.
He considers the above to be a clear and reprehensible violation of the democratic system of the country, according to the directors of the faculty, for which he asked President Alejandro Giammattei to make the right decisions to protect the independence of the authorities and the Law on Elections and Political Parties (LEPP).
In turn, he asked the public ministry (MP) to stop trying to intimidate illegal actions of civil servants doing their duty in favor of democracy and political parties that legally passed to the second round, and state bodies to ensure that the institutional framework is maintained and the second round of elections is held.
In addition, he demanded that the will expressed by the population in the elections be respected, since the claim to delegitimize the results obtained in the first round undermines the foundations of democracy, at the discretion of faculty members.
REQUESTS TEACHERS TO DEMONSTRATE PEACELY
Similarly, the board of directors of the Faculty of Health Sciences called on students and faculty committed to democracy to speak out and demonstrate peacefully to consolidate what has already been achieved.
In addition, he reaffirmed his commitment to the development of a just and equitable society, where the priority is physical and mental health, as well as the well-being of all citizens.
The application was approved by the current Acting Dean, Alberto Garcia González; Vocal II, Dorian Ramirez Flores; Vocal III, Alvaro Linares Palma, and Vocal V, Rudy José López Pinto.
On July 12, the head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office to Combat Impunity (FECI), Rafael Curruches, announced the Seed Corruption case, in which the Seventh Criminal Court of First Instance, Fredi Orellana, ruled to suspend the legal status of the Seed Movement.
About an hour later, the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) officially announced the results of the elections between Arevalo and Torres; However, Curruchiche’s statement left uncertainty, in connection with which Semilla filed an amparo with the Constitutional Court (CC), which on July 12 suspended the judge’s decision.
Despite this, Judge Orellana decided to ascertain what had to do with the alleged non-suspension of Semilla, in connection with which he ordered the arrest on July 20 of Eleonora Noemi Castillo Pinzon, deputy director of the Civil Registry, who was previously tried because she is the temporary head of this TSE agency.
In the same way, a man in a robe demanded the arrest of Cynthia Alejandra Rojas and Jaime Gabriel Gudiel, a member and former member of Semilla, and a day later conducted a search of the headquarters of a political party.
For this reason, the TSE filed an amparo with the CC with which it demanded that at least ten authorities refrain from making decisions that could affect the course of the second round, but the High Court decided to refuse this, recalling the amparo granted to Semill on July 13.