Guatemala selects judge Alejandro Maldonado as new vice president
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Guatemala selects judge Alejandro Maldonado as new vice president

Guatemala has a new vice president to replace a woman who resigned over a widening customs corruption scandal that implicated her top aide.

Congress on Thursday picked Judge Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre from a shortlist of three nominees submitted by President Otto Pérez Molina.

Maldonado replaces Roxana Baldetti, whose private secretary has been singled out by authorities as the alleged ringleader of the multimillion-dollar corruption scheme.

Baldetti denies any involvement but nonetheless stepped down last Friday after lawmakers began an inquiry of whether to remove the immunity that comes with her office.

Associated Press