May 27, 2020

Jimmy Morales charges against the Constitutional and calls it "Celestial Court"

The president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, charged Thursday against the Constitutional Court – the highest court in the country – and called it "Celestial Court" after pointing it out of delaying some resolutions and expressly resolving others, in addition to "legislating" and " break constitutional orders. "

During his speech at the National Meeting of Entrepreneurs 2019, Morales said that the success of a state depends largely on having "clear rules", so he said that a country cannot "have two constitutional courts that tell us different things on the same topic; we can't. "

He stressed that it is not possible to have a court "that issues cock-hen resolutions, what is that?", He asked and said that you can not count on a Court "that issues express amparos and that in other cases it takes an eternity to resolve them "Well," you can distrust a possible malicious delay of justice. "

In this same line, he regretted that there is a Constitutional "that legislates", because "for that there is the Congress", as well as a high court "that directs the foreign policy, for that is the Presidency".

He said that the Constitutional should not "break the constitutional periods of the courts of the State, for that there is a constitutional text that must be respected to the letter", referring to the extension of the mandate of the Supreme before the annulment of the past choice.

Morales said that it is not possible "to have a Constitutional Court that makes politics, that's what the parties are for," and asked the public to ask whether the entity is a "Celestial or Cooptated" Court and suggested comparing the terms "according to what we have been living, what will be the relevant name? "

The president, who concludes his period of Government on January 14, said that nations also fail because "the quality of officials is detrimental to the law" and said that the figure of amparo "has been misused" and responds "to perverse or ideological interests that in the end are the same."

As he had done before, he reiterated that the nickname "Amparito Rodas" made to the Human Rights Procurator, Jordan Rodas Andrade, did not put him, but congratulated him "because he earned it by hand."

And he warned about the possibility that the previous Superintendent of Tax Administration, Juan Solórzano Foppa, "created a blessed office" whose end "is said to have been to harm strategic taxpayers and if this is true: what a bad, very bad".

That is why he said that "the ethics of civil servants is vital for institutional strengthening. And be careful to name people with resentment and resentment. Once mistakes are made, no more."

The president also charged against the press, which he first defined as a "democratic institution", but then asked if in the country it is a "solid institution" and if "gossip can strengthen the institutionality of the press."

Without saying names, he pronounced that "unlike several media that mediated the selective justice that has done so much damage to democracy" there are others that "maintain that integrity and are institutions that strengthen the institutionality that the country needs."

He suggested that many journalistic investigations "responded to a strategy of electoral political communication of who is now a fugitive from justice (sic)", referring to the former prosecutor Thelma Aldana, and said that "a serious journalism does not spread false news or lose objectivity independence".

Just as in Guatemala "a Court tells other courts, Congress or the Executive that they cannot exercise their functions," he said that Latin America "shares many similarities regarding the stagnation of democratic institutions that are gradually suffocating and surpassing the capacities of institutions that do not evolve at the speed that citizen demands grow. "

An example of this is the "loss of institutionality in Peru," said the Guatemalan president, who related how former president Pedro Kuczynski "proclaimed the fight against corruption and soon became involved in the corruption scandal of the company (Brazilian ) Odebrecht. "

When Kuczynski resigned "he was succeeded by Vice President Martín Vizcarra, who recently ignored Congress, who then tried to remove him to place Vice President Mercedes Aráoz, who resigned from office."

That situation generated "an extremely delicate institutional crisis," which "affects its governance and so we can continue to list Latin American countries that have crises such as Venezuela, Ecuador and many more," he said.

Therefore, he concluded, "I tell those who want and are still interested in forcing a constitutional break in Guatemala, I tell them care, care. We can all see how it starts, but nobody knows how a break of that nature can end."

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