On Friday, the UN notified the Guatemalan Government that the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) will continue through 2015. President Otto Perez said that he was pleased with CICIG's work. He also emphasized Vice President Roxana Baldetti's efforts in getting CICIG extended.
Should we start talking about the 2015 presidential race involving Baldetti, Sandra Torres, and Baldizon? Not yet.
However, what surprised me was Perez Molina's statement that these two years will be the last for CICIG.
"Es un buen resultado que se haya aprobado por dos años más, éstos serían los últimos de CICIG y servirán para hacer la transferencia de capacidades hacia las instituciones de seguridad nacional", afirmó.I don't know. CICIG has done some really important work these last few years and Guatemala's institutions are much better as a result. However, I'm not sure that 2 1/2 years is enough time to continue to strengthen Guatemala's public institutions and to execute a plan to transfer all responsibilities to Guatemalan entities.
Maybe this will be another decision on which Perez Molina is forced to backtrack.