Arévalo claims that the attorney general refuses to comply with the law

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By Lourdes Hurtado M.

The president said he will take action against the prosecutor and that he does not have a personal conflict with her.

“I don’t have any personal conflict with the prosecutor, she’s simply (Porras Argueta) refuses to comply with the law,” said Arévalo de León when questioned by journalists at a press conference about whether she had generated any kind of truce with the prosecutor.

The 67-year-old president added that the law obliges the prosecutor to coordinate with the president in meetings of ministers – and we know what his actions have been in the past.

Nearly serving two months in the presidency, Arévalo de León said he will take action against the attorney general, with whom he failed to meet during January, after two failed attempts at a meeting.


During his first month of government, Arévalo de León sent the Minister of the Interior (Interior), Francisco Jiménez, to coordinate actions with the Attorney General in the area of security.

On January 3, before taking office, Arévalo de León said in an interview with EFE that he would seek the resignation of the attorney general. However, during his first 45 days of government he has not explicitly asked for it.

Response of the MP

After Bernardo Arévalo’s statements, the Public Prosecutor’s Office responded through his X-ed account and stated that the prosecutor is in charge of strict compliance with the laws of the country.

The President initiated a meeting of the Council of Ministers, and the Political Constitution of the Republic itself and the Law of the Executive Agency, clearly establish the way in which the Council is integrated before which it is not possible for it to be composed of persons other than those established by law, says the MP regarding the invitation of the President to the prosecutor to participate in the meeting of Councils of Ministers.

In addition, the MP said that the prosecutor invited the president to a meeting to coordinate inter-agency efforts on behalf of victims of crime, and that it was implemented after meeting with the Ministry of the Interior, which was delegated by the president.

Last week, Canada joined the United States and the European Union with sanctions against Porras Argueta, as well as against prosecutors and a judge involved in attempts to undermine democracy.

Journey to Europe

Arévalo de León returned on Monday from a ten-day trip to Europe where he held meetings with his partner from France, Emmanuel Macron, and the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, as well as meetings with different organizations such as the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in Prensa Libre