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Anti-Graft Fight in Doubt after Court Puts Guatemala Vote

A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor’s candidacy has turned Guatemala’s presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote

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FILE - Guatemala's Attorney General Thelma Aldana speaks during a joint news conference with the commissioner of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity, CICIG, in Guatemala City, April 19, 2018. VOA

A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor’s candidacy has turned Guatemala’s presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption.

The rejection of Thelma Aldana’s appeal means at least two of the top three candidates according to polls will not appear on the June 16 ballot, and analysts said Thursday the Aldana decision in particular appeared to spring from fears over her zealous prosecutions of corruption in politics and business.

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A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor’s candidacy has turned Guatemala’s presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote. Pixabay

“I think that the deeply entrenched, established powers that be in Guatemala are absolutely terrified of a candidate like Thelma,” said Christine Wade, a political scientist at Washington College in Maryland. “She has a proven record as attorney general of jailing former presidents and vice presidents. … And it’s really difficult to see this constitutional court decision as anything other than politically motivated.”

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Aldana’s candidacy was denied on the grounds that she lacked a document accrediting that she didn’t have any outstanding accounts after having been responsible for public funds from her time in office. (VOA)

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Bill Gates Taking his Fight against Climate Change to Printed Page

The Microsoft founder will outline his ideas for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions

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Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. VOA

Bill Gates is taking his fight against climate change to the printed page.

Gates is working on “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” Doubleday announced Thursday. The Microsoft founder will outline his ideas for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions, whether through local, national or global action. Gates said in a statement that he wanted to help “build the technologies, businesses, and industries to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”

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Gates is working on “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” Doubleday announced Thursday. Pixabay

At the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit last month, Gates announced that his foundation was working with the World Bank and some European governments to provide $790 million to help millions of the world’s small farmers adapt to climate change. The Gates foundation pledged $310 million of that.

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“How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” is scheduled for June 2020. (VOA)

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