Protests and arrests push Pérez Molina resignation
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Protests and arrests push Pérez Molina resignation

Street demonstrations, the resignation of cabinet ministers and the arrest of his former vice president are pushing Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina into a corner.

Protesters demanding Pérez Molina’s resignation blocked roads on the outskirts of Guatemala City on Tuesday, and a judge is expected to issue a ruling on allegations that former Vice President Roxana Baldetti accepted $3.7 million in bribes as part of a scandal that forced her from office.

Since Friday, five of Pérez Molina’s 13 cabinet secretaries have resigned, largely because of the scandal.

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Tensions are mounting ahead of the Sept. 6 elections, which are to elect Pérez Molina’s successor.

Some protesters are demanding the elections be postponed until the corruption scandal is resolved and Pérez Molina resigns.

Associated Press