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House Dem warns Guatemala’s foreign aid in peril

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House Dem warns Guatemala’s foreign aid in peril

Top Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.) warned that U.S. aid to Guatemala could be affected after President Jimmy Morales moved to oust a U.N. official from the country, the Associated Press reported.

Engel, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Sunday that the U.S. government “must examine the future of our foreign assistance” to Guatemala in light of Morales’s decision.

Morales on Sunday ordered Iván Velásquez, the head of the U.N. anti-corruption commission, out of the country. Morales announced the decision in a video posted on Twitter, the AP reported.

Velásquez is seeking to investigate Morales for campaign finance violations.

Engel expressed disappointment in Morales’s move, but praised the U.N. anti-corruption commission for its work against impunity and corruption in Guatemala.

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court subsequently blocked Morales’s order.

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