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Guatemala’s New Conservative President Has Been Sworn In And His Policies Could Have Serious Implications

As of Tuesday, Guatemala has a new president. His name is Alejandro Giammattei and he has a pretty different view on politics and policies from his predecessor. In fact, his right-wing views could have far-reaching geo-political implications far beyond the borders of Guatemala.

On Tuesday, Guatemala swore in a new president who has promised to put an end to the violence and poverty that have plagued the country.

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Guatemala’s new president, Alejandro Giammattei, was inaugurated amid tensions in the country regarding the outgoing president, Jimmy Morales, along with uncertainty over the ‘Safe Third Country’ deal signed with the United States.

The new president is a doctor and former prison system director from the right-wing Vamos political party. He begins his four-year term setting out to reform the nation into a safe and economically stable country to counter balance the outflow of Guatemalans fleeing to the United States.

At his inauguration, Giammattei said, “This is the moment to rescue Guatemala from the absurd. It is the moment to combat corruption and malnutrition. We will govern with decency, with honorability, and with ethical values.”

During his hours-long speech, the new president also reiterated several key campaign promises that helped him win the election. His promised presidential anti-corruption commission would be established at the outset of his presidency and his administration would soon present several legislative proposals, including reforms to designate street gangs as “terrorist” groups.

President Giammattei takes over the presidency as the tumultuous presidency of his predecessor comes to a shaker end. Former President Jimmy Morales is leaving office in what many say is shame. The former president kicked out a popular UN-backed anti-corruption commission after he and his party were accused of illegal campaign financing. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Giammattei has made serious promises to the Guatemalan people.

Shortly after his election victory, Giammattei Made sweeping promises of a new Guatemala – one that he would build with new, conservative, right-wing policies. He mentioned a vision of a peaceful nation full of promise and progress. He vowed to end malnutrition and violence while putting an end to ‘disgusting’ corruption.

While the former president ousted a U.N.-backed International Anti-Corruption Commission, Giammattei has talked about creating something similar at the national level. However, according to a civil society activist, Manfredo Marroquin, there isn’t much hope for real change under the new administration.

What Giammattei is making a priority is to stimulate business and investment in Guatemala. He says that will trickle down and put an end to cost of migration. But many say his proposals may benefit only a small sector of Guatemalan society.

Relations with the U.S. could also become more complicated.

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Giammattei still hasn’t stated his official position on the controversial deal signed with the US that allows the United States to send asylum seekeers to Guatemala. The deal was signed between the Trump Administration and the former president, Jimmy Morales. The ‘Safe Third Country’ agreement basically allows the US to send asylum seekers from third countries to Guatemala, in effect forcing them to request asylum there or return to their home country.

The deal has been widely criticised in Central America and the US. Guatemala is now the top country of origin for migrants and asylum seekers apprehended at the US southern border. Tens of thousands flee violence, poverty and persecution in Guatemala every year.

“If they send us to Guatemala, they are sending us back to potential death,” Edwin*, a 37-year-old Honduran asylum seeker currently in Mexico with his family after fleeing extortion and death threats last year told Al Jazeera.

Despite all the controversy, the incoming president still hasn’t shared his views on the asylum deal. At first, it appeared that he was considering reforms to the deal or may even scrap it entirely. But during the transition period after the election, he called on former president Morales to share the agreement and documents with him so he could form a response

On Monday, a day before he took office, Giammattei said he still had not been given the documents. As soon as his team received and analysed them, he would announce his position, he added.

Meanwhile, his predecessor wasn’t having the greatest day no longer as President.

Protesters surrounded outgoing Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales late on Tuesday, throwing eggs at him and his vice president as they sought to take up new posts that bring immunity from prosecution, just hours after leaving office. 

Protesters yelling “Murderer” jostled Morales’ police detail and let off a loud firework as he tried to reach a hotel that is the temporary headquarters of Central America’s regional parliament, a Reuters witness said. Moments later he was stuck by a plastic object and the eggs.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Son Eric Baena Was Seen in Public With His Half-Brother Patrick For the First Time

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Son Eric Baena Was Seen in Public With His Half-Brother Patrick For the First Time

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Over the weekend, some pictures surfaced of a sight we never thought we’d see. Two of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sons, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena, were photographed together for the first time.

Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena were photographed hiking in Santa Monica together. This is the first time the brothers had been seen in public together since Baena’s public reveal in 2011.

As a refresher, Joseph Baena is the love child of the former California Governor and his longtime Guatemalan housekeeper, Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena. Patty worked for the Schwarzenegger family for 20 years without revealing her secret to anyone but Arnold himself.

Joseph’s existence was kept a secret for 14 years before Arnold’s wife, Maria Shriver, discovered the affair. Once she found out, she immediately filed for divorce. According to Arnold, he has provided for Joseph from the beginning. He even bought a luxurious four-bedroom house for Joseph and Patty in 2010.

“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement at the time. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”

Since the public learned of Joseph Baena, he has kept an active public profile.

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On social media, Joseph regularly posts thirst-traps of himself working out or practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu. The spitting image of his father, he is also a bodybuilder, and now, an aspiring actor.

Patrick Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, is a fairly successful actor in his own right. You can find him in movies like “Moxie“, “Midnight Sun”, and “Dear Eleanor”.

The pictures of Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena are shocking because, up until this point, the public had no idea that the half-brothers even had a relationship.

But if there is any bad-blood between Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena, the pictures don’t show it. Instead, they show a portrait of two normal brothers going on an unremarkable hike together in Santa Monica.

We’re glad that these two young men didn’t let the choice of their parents affect the relationship they’ve decided to have with each other. Hopefully, we’ll see more of the duo in public again.

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

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A year in quarantine has led so many of us to doom scroll and get lost in social media. As a result, some people are getting more recognition and one person who should be getting your attention is Jenny Solares, or @es_jenny_solares on Instagram.

Jenny Solares is here with the relatable content we all want.

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The Guatemalan content creator knows what the people want to see. How many times have you heard someone say that they like a woman who can eat? Well, as Jenny urges, prove it, y’all. Take your lady out and get her all of the food that she wants. Let’s go!

Now, that’s how you add salsa to someone’s food. If you didn’t already think this way when adding salsa to your tacos, you definitely will now. It’s just impossible not to.

We also love seeing her collaborating with Estefania Saavedra, a fellow Latina creator. A rising tide lifts all boats so we appreciate seeing these Latinas working together.

Solares is even creating brand new identities.

Cholas will forever have a place in our hearts. We know cholas. We love cholas. We are related to cholas. Solares’ creation of the glola is truly a work of art. Just because you’re a chola doesn’t mean you can’t love glitter and colors.

She’s even got some of the Covid humor in check.

There are going to be so many school assignments about this year in the coming years. Kids will be learning about the time the world stood still as we battled an out-of-control virus. It is going to be us having to tell the little ones about that time and it’s going to be rough. Get ready to reliving everything we have been dealing with for the last year.

On top of all of the comedy, Solares is ready to show her fans some real love for their support.

“Thank you all for letting me be me. Thank you for appreciating my silliness, my craziness, my songs, my dances, my imperfections,” Solares tells her fans in a year-end video. “Thank you for letting me be myself. This year was full of so much sadness, uncertainty, frustration, and, for a lot of people, loneliness. Thank you all for not letting me feel that loneliness.”

Thank you, Jenny. Your comedy has been a bright spot for so many during an incredibly hard and sad year.

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