Claudia Paz y Paz

This week's likely top stories: Dilma Rousseff confirms she will run for re-election; workers go on strike in Puerto Rico; Argentina says it will negotiate with hedge funds; Chilean bus drivers fear soccer violence; Claudia Paz y Paz will receive an award.

Claudia Paz y Paz’s exclusion from the list of candidates for attorney general has generated outrage in Guatemala and abroad from human rights groups who say the snub was politically motivated.

The likelihood is that Guatemala’s next attorney general will be a less dynamic, less controversial pick than the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize candidate and Forbes nominee of one of six women changing the world, Claudia Paz y Paz.

Likely top stories this week: Self-defense forces take over in Apatzingan, Michoacán; currency controls threaten Venezuelan newspapers; stadium construction workers may go on strike in Manaus; Obama's pending decision on the Keystone Pipeline; nine people are killed in Petén, Guatemala.

When Otto Pérez Molina takes office on January 14, he will encounter a judicial system that has made substantial improvements. Those efforts must continue.

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