El Salvador confirms Bukele's assistance to Giammattei's investiture



The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, will attend the inauguration ceremony of Alejandro Giammattei as the new ruler of Guatemala, the Salvadoran government said Sunday.

The source said Bukele will travel Monday afternoon to witness the taking of the executive branch of Giammattei, with whom he will hold a bilateral meeting.

He noted that Giammattei "has shown interest in the Territorial Control Plan implemented in El Salvador to apply it in his country and face crime."

The Salvadoran government attributes to this plan, which concentrates more than 7,000 elements of the security forces in 22 locations, a drop in homicides in 2019.

They are also expected to address "other issues of importance to both countries, including trade and exchange of goods and services, among others."

On the other hand, Bukele will meet with other leaders who will go to Guatemala, without the Salvadoran government making known their names or the issues they will discuss.

The transfer of command between the current president, Jimmy Morales, and the elect will take place on Tuesday, January 14 at the Miguel Ángel Asturias National Theater, at 2 pm local time (20.00 GMT).

Giammattei, 63, will swear in office for the next four years, until January 14, 2024.

The doctor and retired surgeon won the general elections held in 2019, after a second election round in which he beat the former lady (2008-2011) Sandra Torres Casanova.

Giammattei, father of three children and divorced, will be accompanied by lawyer Guillermo Castillo Reyes.

The new president will also have the second majority in Congress, after his political party, Vamos, seized 17 seats in the 2019 elections. The grouping of Torres Casanova, the National Unit of Hope (UNE), will be the majority force of parliament with 52 legislators.

Giammattei participated in the last four Guatemalan presidential elections, the first of them in 2007.

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