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|Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:05 am Post subject: Guatemala president and Mike Pense
|Guatemala’s president Jimmy Morales is under growing political pressure over two contracts with an Indiana lobbying firm closely linked to the US vice-president Mike Pence.
Opposition politicians have called on Morales to reveal his role in the $80,000-a-month contracts signed with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, which appear to have been designed to sideline the state department and the Guatemalan foreign affairs ministry.
Barnes & Thornburg – which has extensive ties with the Republican party – was hired to improve relations between the governments of Guatemala and the US, but it remains unclear who funded the contract, which was signed by politicians without the authority to intervene in foreign affairs.
On Thursday, the US ambassador to Guatemala was drawn into the controversy after he was caught on tape describing the four lawmakers who signed the contracts as “idiots”.
Anti-corruption activists are calling for an urgent inquiry in Guatemala and the US.
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