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Guatemala

May 2012 | Ratings Update

Guatemalan President Otto PĂ©rez Molina's decision to come down hard on protestors in the northern state of Huehuetenango is in line with his electoral pledge to be tough on security issues. However, the heavy-handed nature of the state of siege, which saw almost 900 security officials dispatched to the region, has not endeared him to many of the region's inhabitants, which had been protesting the construction of a hydroelectric power plant. We expect to see further signs of his tough stance on crime over the coming months, which will no doubt be accompanied by further protests.

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