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Otto Perez Molina

This week’s likely news stories: Anti-government demonstrators march in Venezuela; Guatemalan protestors continue to call for the president’s resignation; President Bachelet begins educational reform measures; Transgender inmates in prison allowed to choose male or female prisons; Colombian general on trial for the murder of presidential candidate.

Judge Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre was sworn in as Guatemala’s new vice president on May 15 after his predecessor, Roxana Baldetti, was forced to step down in the wake of a major corruption scandal.

Guatemala has captured the attention of media and policymakers across the globe with historic proceedings against former leaders, discussions on drug decriminalization, its U.N. Security Council and OAS involvement, organized crime, and other hot topics.

Guatemala’s congress and Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina are at odds on how to deal with the ongoing violence between mine security guards and the public in two Guatemalan departmentos.

This month's conflict between the army and Indigenous protestors in the Guatemalan department of Totonicapán put President Otto Pérez Molina's hard-line policies back in the spotlight.

Survey results released yesterday show that 82 percent of Guatemalans consider President Otto Pérez Molina’s performance during his first 100 days in office “good” or “acceptable,” while 11 percent consider it “bad.”

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