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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

road blockades.

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

in demonstrations.

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.

--SPA

00:36 LOCAL TIME 21:36 GMT

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