On November 3, 2023, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Guatemala (TSE) confirmed that the legal status of the Semilla Movement party, to which the elected president Bernardo Arévalo belongs, is suspended at the request of the Public Ministry.
The suspension of the Semilla Movement party's legal status means it cannot carry out administrative procedures within the Register of Citizens. This includes registering new members, nominating election candidates, and updating its party platform.
The suspension results from an investigation by the Public Ministry into alleged irregularities in the collection of signatures that allowed the party's formation.
The suspension of the Semilla Movement party's legal status does not mean it is cancelled. However, it does limit the party's ability to operate and prepare for future elections.
The Public Ministry will continue investigating the alleged irregularities in collecting signatures. If the investigation finds wrongdoing, the Semilla Movement party could face further sanctions, including cancellation.
The suspension of the Semilla Movement party's legal status could have implications for President-Elect Bernardo Arévalo. For example, it could make it more difficult for him to govern, as he will not be able to rely on his party to support his agenda. Additionally, if the Public Ministry's investigation finds wrongdoing, Arévalo himself could face legal consequences.
The suspension of the Semilla Movement party's legal status is a significant development in Guatemalan politics. It remains to be seen what the long-term implications of this decision will be, both for the party and President-Elect Bernardo Arévalo.
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