Guatemala court blocks government’s bid to expel UN team
Guatemala’s constitutional court has suspended a decision by the government to kick out a UN body that was investigating the country’s president.
The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has been running for more than a decade.
On Monday, politicians informed the body it had 24 hours to leave.
The commission was investigating President Jimmy Morales over alleged funding irregularities during his 2015 election campaign.
He has accused it of acting illegally and undermining Guatemalan sovereignty.
Last year, the president said he would not extend the body’s mandate, which is due to expire in September 2019.
But on Monday, his foreign minister Sandra Jovel announced that the decision had been brought forward.
During a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York, Ms Jovel handed over a letter confirming the government’s intention to terminate an agreement which established the commission.