Guatemala's former president Otto Perez Molina is taken to prison, Wednesday. (AP)
Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina is taken to prison, Wednesday. (AP)

By Carlos A. Quiroga

One more on the list of corrupt politicians: Otto Perez Molina.

The president of Guatemala tried to evade responsibility for more than four months since the biggest corruption scandal in the Central American country broke in April

The retired military, 64, stood firm even when his vice president was jailed last month for the same case of illegal enrichment in custom fraud operations.

But he ended up yielding to unprecedented popular pressure, even supported by leaders of the Catholic Church and the business community, which demanded his resignation as the only pacific and decent solution.

Stripped of his immunity by Congress and charged by a judge, the once powerful right-wing military resigned at midnight from Wednesday to Thursday and after less than 24 hours he entered in prison, provisionally, by order of a judge.

In a country like Guatemala, with a history marked by military dictatorship and repression, such a scene would was unimaginable: in the course of a single day a sitting president lost all his power and was sent to spend the night in a prison he once might have overseen as a top general.

It’s just one more corrupt, not the last, but his case encourages hope for change.

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