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GuateSec is intended to provide a regular focus on issues relating to security and justice in Guatemala and the surrounding region, offering commentary and synthesis of key news reports and expert analysis.

GuateSec is intended to provide a regular focus on issues relating to security and justice in Guatemala and the surrounding region, offering commentary and synthesis of key news reports and expert analysis.

Today’s El Periodico newspaper contains a revealing analysis of the balance of power within the Patriot Party government. Investigative journalist Asier Andrés describes an administration dominated by The General, the Prime Minister, and the Prince—President Otto Pérez Molina, Vice-president Roxanna Baldetti, and public works Minister Alejandro Sinibaldi. Ironically, the analysis points out that this structure closely resembles that of the previous government of President Álvaro Colóm, who shared power with First Lady (and later controversial presidential candidate) Sandra Torres and career politician Gustavo Alejos.

Pérez Molina and Baldetti are seen as controlling overlapping spheres of influence, with Baldetti “extending her influence over a broad swath of the government, especially areas responsible for public funds. Except…

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