Guatemala - A Political Update
The year started out with dangerously strong winds, caused by a cold front from the Atlantic, which knocked down several electrical towers and caused various power outages throughout the country for several days. 2008 also brought three strong tremors (ranging from 4.8-5.6 on the Richter scale) during its first week but fortunately losses were material and no fatal casualties have been reported.
On November 4th,
Colom’s government promised to be one of inclusion but when the presidential cabinet was announced this week disappointment reigned over the exclusion of women and indigenous leaders and the overall inexperience of the new members. Still, there are high hopes that the next presidential term will be able to resolve some of the ongoing problems facing the country, especially the gang related violence and high unemployment rates.
This article was posted by Yvonne Faass, our editor in Guatemala