The elected president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, promised on Thursday that during his government they will recover the "governability" and control of the territory, which has been transferred to drug trafficking and organized crime groups.
"We are going to recover the governance of our country and the control of the national territory, which we have given to drug trafficking and organized crime," he proclaimed during his participation in the National Meeting of Businessmen for Development.
The former director of the Penitentiary System, who won the Presidency for the period 2020-2024 with the center-right party Vamos, said that to achieve this they will support the Army, work hand in hand with the communities to build "safe territories" and support the mayors of the most violent cities to reduce extortion and homicidal violence.
Giammattei, who advocated that the weight of the law falls on criminals, advanced that on January 14, when he takes office, they will present a bill so that all extortionists who have the population subject to "terror" in the "public services" are "persecuted, tried, sentenced and imprisoned for what they are: terrorists."
This will be one of the points of his next Administration, in addition to improving the Government's capacity and transparency in the quality of public spending to fight corruption and "improve relations with the world" to promote investment, development and tourism.
Giammattei, who reiterated again that he will fight to give legal certainty and defend private property, said that moving from a "liquid state to a solid state" – like the motto of the event – it is necessary to strengthen the institutions and therefore continue with the National competitiveness policy to attract investment.
Because this is the only way to "stop migration" or else they will not be able to solve "the issue that is overwhelming hundreds of Guatemalans who want to leave every day."
Again insisting on his idea of creating "walls of prosperity", the future president predicted that Guatemala will be the "prosperity wall of Central America" and that they will stop irregular migration with public policies that encourage and attract investment and "not with a policy restrictive migration. "
Giammattei also promised to develop the country's infrastructure, bet on technology in the public sector to facilitate procedures and focus on social development, especially in chronic malnutrition that affects almost half of Guatemalan children under five, the index highest in Latin America.
He also promised to make an "urgent" educational reform because Guatemala has "the worst educational quality of this continent" and defended that the country deserves a competitive society and a generation with a future, with access to basic services such as drinking water, health or electricity .
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