Guatemala’s vice president, Roxanna Baldetti, has resigned amidst a corruption scandal that may be linked to Belize. The Vice President’s private secretary has been implicated in a corruption scandal as a leader in a customs bribery ring. That scandal opened up the Vice President to investigation as well..Roxana Baldetti stepped down on Friday May 11 as investigations continue but she maintains her innocence. The accused secretary, Juan Carlos Monzon, has gone missing since those allegations arose. The investigation was opened by United Nation’s International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala . According to reports, in 2013, Monzón made six international trips, including one to Belize. Of all his trips, his stay in Belize was recorded as the most extensive. The El Periodico.com suggests the trips were to wash cash from the scheme.
In other Guatemalan political news, involving Belize, Guatemalans are concerned about a possible Belizean who wishes to run for President of Guatemala. She is Sandra Julieta Torres Casanova. Guatemalan politics is nothing new to Torres who is in fact a former First Lady of that country since her husband was once president of Guatemala. However, now that Torres is throwing her hat into the political ring, it has been said that she is a Belizean by birth. According to the laws of Guatemala, in order to run for president, the candidate must be born in Guatemala. Two separate birth certificates have since surfaced; one showing that Torres was born in Benque Viejo, Cayo District of Belize, on October 5, 1955 and was registered on December 12 of that year at the Vital Statistics Unit in Belize and the other , provided by Torres, Indicating that she was born on 5 October 1955 in Melchor de Mencos, Peten. The registration is October 8, 1955 in the Civil Registry of the Municipality of Melchor de Mencos, Petén. While Toress refutes the allegations that she is a Belizean, her sister is. She is former head of Belize’s Social Security Board, Narda Garcia. Torres continues to refute claims that she is a Belizean national.