Guatemala suspends congressional session to choose new VP
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Guatemala suspends congressional session to choose new VP

Guatemala’s congress has suspended a session to choose a new vice president after President Otto Pérez Molina made an 11th-hour change to his shortlist of three nominees.

Some legal experts had argued that Labor Minister Carlos Contreras was ineligible to become vice president because the constitution requires Cabinet ministers to be out of office at least six months before they can assume that post. Pérez Molina replaced Contreras with ruling party lawmaker Oliverio García Rodas.

Congress president Luis Rabbe said Tuesday that a recess was necessary for lawmakers to discuss the modified slate.

Lawmakers are tasked with picking a replacement for Roxana Baldetti, who resigned as vice president on Friday due to a corruption scandal allegedly masterminded by her ex-private secretary. Baldetti denies any involvement.

Associated Press