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Smart Take | Guatemala's Arévalo to Take Office Sunday

January 10, 20241:53

Bernardo Arévalo won a historic victory in Guatemala’s Presidential race in August. Since then, his adversaries have carried out what Arévalo describes as a “slow-motion coup” to keep him from taking office. With his swearing-in scheduled to take place January 14, it seems Arevalo will survive those efforts. Benjamin Gedan, Director of the Latin America Program, comments on the significance of Sunday’s inauguration. He talks about the struggle Democracy has faced in Guatemala, the challenges ahead for Arévalo, and why his accession to power is so important to the fight between dictatorship and Democracy around the world.


Benjamin Gedan

Benjamin Gedan

Director, Latin America Program, Wilson Center
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