| 23 July 2024, Tuesday |

Brazil’s Lula warns United Nations of coup risk in Guatemala

At the United Nations on Tuesday, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cautioned international leaders of the possibility of a coup in Guatemala, echoing American worries about the dangers to democracy in the Central American nation following last month’s election.

According to Lula, “In Guatemala, there is a risk of a coup, which would obstruct the inauguration of the winner of democratic elections.”

The office of Guatemala’s top prosecutor stormed polling places last week and inspected sealed votes from the election, in which President-elect Bernardo Arevalo and his anti-corruption Semilla Party won by a wide margin. Before the poll, members of Semilla were allegedly improperly registered, which the party has refuted.

The U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States, Francisco Mora, urged Guatemalan authorities on Monday to end their “intimidation efforts” targeting election officials and members of Arevalo’s party.

Mora called the raid “an assault on the rule of law.”

Arevalo last week suspended his participation in the transition of power until “necessary institutional (and) political conditions are reestablished.”

Lula’s comments on Guatemala were surprisingly in line with Washington for a leader who has not always seen eye-to-eye with the United States.

In his U.N. speech, he said his government would continue to speak out against the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba. He also called for the peaceful resolution of the war in Ukraine through dialogue, and criticized military spending.

Lula said the continued conflict in Ukraine was evidence of the loss of credibility of the U.N. Security Council, and he slammed multilateral institutions for failing to advance global peace and reduce poverty.

He also attacked the International Monetary Fund for not representing poor countries and the World Trade Organization for not averting increased protectionism in the world.

  • Reuters