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Declaration of the Secretary General of the OAS on the Situation in Guatemala

  August 23, 2015

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, expresses his concern over the recent political developments in Guatemala, including calls from various sectors of society to postpone the elections scheduled for September 6.

In accordance with resolution AG/RES. 2877 (XLV-O/15) Support for the Electoral Process in Guatemala, adopted by the General Assembly of the OAS on June 15, 2015, and the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the Secretary General stresses that it is essential that the elections be held under the existing constitutional framework.

The Secretary General reiterates the inalienable right of citizens to express their will through the ballot box, thus ensuring the continuity of the democratic process in Guatemala. In addition, he calls on all sectors of society and the authorities in the country to respect the laws and the Constitution.

Reference: E-220/15