Will Vice President of Guatemala Roxana Baldetti resign? That is the question that Guatemalans are asking after Guatemalan business leaders on Wednesday added their voices to growing calls for the vice president to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated.
While Baldetti has not been implicated in the scandal and denies any involvement, business leaders of Guatemala that her resignation would be good for the country. Baldetti though, has stated she does not intend to step down, and President Otto Perez Molina has declined to ask for her resignation even though the demands for her resignation have mounted in recent weeks, including a protest last Saturday when thousands of people marched in the capital.
As for the scandal, authorities have indicated that last month more than a dozen people had been detained in connection with the Incident, in which officials allegedly took bribes in exchange for charging lower import tariffs. The scheme is believed to have duped the state out of millions of dollars.
Officials singled out Baldetti's aide, Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, as the ringleader, and at least 50 other people are suspected of involvement including the country's current and former tax chiefs. Monzon is being sought by authorities.
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