Thousands demand Guatemalan president's exit over corruption case.
Guatemala City, Dhu-AlQa'dah 13, 1436, August 28, 2015, SPA -- Thousands of people demonstrated Thursday
across Guatemala to demand that President Otto Perez step down from
power amid serious corruption allegations, according to dpa.
Demonstrators gathered at a large rally before the presidential
palace in Guatemala City, while in other areas there were strikes and
The business community for the first time joined protestors, and
employers' associations issues a statement to support their demands.
Many businesses closed in protest and allowed employees to take part
Earlier this week, prosecutors in the Central American country
renewed their hefty allegations of corruption against the president.
Perez denies the accusations.
Guatemala has been shaken for months by a series of corruption
scandals. Last Friday, Perez's former vice president Roxana Baldetti
was arrested for embezzlement.
Investigators believe that Perez also engaged in embezzlement
involving the country's customs service and other entities. Next
week, the Guatemalan legislature is expected to vote on whether to
strip him of his immunity as president.
Guatemala is set to hold a general election on September 6. Perez,
whose mandate runs until January, is not a candidate. Guatemalan law
does not allow re-election of the president.
00:36 LOCAL TIME 21:36 GMT
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