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Former Guatemalan president banned from entering US

Former Guatemalan president banned from entering US

Former Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammatte has been banned from entering the United States because of allegations of “significant corruption,” the US State Department said on Wednesday.

Giamatte was defeated in August by anti-corruption leader Bernardo Arevalo in his bid for re-election as president of Central America's most populous country.

A State Department spokesman said the State Department had credible information that Giamatte had received bribes in exchange for actions that undermined the rule of law and government transparency while he was president of Guatemala. A statement.

Reuters could not immediately reach Giamatte for comment.

Arevalo was sworn in as Guatemala's president early Monday after a chaotic inauguration that was delayed by several hours due to a last-ditch effort by congressional opponents to weaken his authority.

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