WASHINGTON, USA – The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and the minister of foreign affairs of Guatemala, Mario Búcaro, Thursday, signed the agreement of privileges and immunities for the deployment of an Electoral Observation Mission to the June 25 General and Central American Parliamentary Elections, during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.
Secretary General Almagro thanked the government of Guatemala for its invitation to observe the elections and emphasized that sending the mission reaffirms the hemispheric institution’s commitment to the region’s democratic institutions. “Like all the Electoral Observation Missions deployed by the OAS, this one seeks the continuous improvement of electoral processes in the hemisphere, to support democratic regimes in the region,” he added.
For his part, foreign minister Búcaro highlighted his government’s commitment that “the future of Guatemalans be defined by Guatemalans.”
“We want the OAS to witness a lively electoral process, a democratic party like the one we are going to experience and that they see that our democracy after 37 years will prevail and that we can build a better future for our children and grandchildren,” added the Guatemalan foreign minister.
The Mission will be headed by ambassador Eladio Loizaga Lezcano, former foreign minister of Paraguay, and will be composed of about 90 people. It is the 20th Mission that the OAS has deployed in Guatemala.