Alejandro Giammattei, a politician and a former surgeon, was sworn in on Tuesday, January 14th as Guatemala’s new president, replacing Jimmy Morales, who is accused by civil society groups of corruption, Reuters reported.
Giammattei, 63, also a former prison chief, was elected in August last year, after winning a second-round runoff vote against former first lady Sandra Torres.
The new president has vowed to fight corruption and create, in this regard, a national anti-corruption body, to replace the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), which Morales kicked out after it started investigating members of his family.
"Today, we are putting a full stop on corrupt practices, so they disappear from the face of this country," Giammattei, who won election on his fourth attempt, said.
The anti-corruption body closed its office in September last year, almost a year after Morales said, “We have officially notified the Secretary General of the United Nations that we will not renew the mandate of the CICIG.”
Morales and former Vice President Jafeth Cabrera were blocked by protesters late on Tuesday, as they were on their way to take new posts as members of the regional parliament, which would renew their immunity. Angry protesters threw eggs at them.