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Top election official flees Guatemala, citing 'threats'
Thursday, June 13, 2019       04:45 WIB

Guatemala City, June 12, 2019 (AFP)
A top Guatemalan electoral official has fled the Central American country days before a general election after receiving threats, the attorney general announced Wednesday.
In a letter to the government requesting a leave of absence, the electoral court's top prosecutor Oscar Schaad said he needed the break to ensure his family's safety.
More than eight million Guatemalans are set to vote in legislative and presidential elections in the corruption and violence-wracked country on Sunday.
The elections have been mired in controversy since the country's former anti-corruption prosecutor, Thelma Aldana, was barred from running for president.
"It is necessary to request this permission for the moment in order to ensure the safety of my family and myself in the face of tangible threats towards me," Schaad wrote in a letter to the government read out to reporters by Attorney General Maria Consuelo Porras.
Porras said Schaad had left the country after being granted three months' leave, but gave no further details.
Schaad's position as electoral prosecutor gave him responsibility for investigating party financing and electoral fraud.
Aldana was accused in March of the irregular purchase of a building for the public ministry and the creation of fake jobs during her tenure as prosecutor.
She said the accusations were aimed at punishing her for fighting corruption in Guatemala.
Sandra Torres, a former first lady, and right-wing candidate Alejandro Giammattei are leading the polls in the presidential election to replace the incumbent Jimmy Morales.
A run-off round will be held on August 11 if no candidate reaches a majority in Sunday's vote.

Sumber : AFP

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