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1993 Guatemalan constitutional crisis


1993 Guatemalan constitutional crisis

The 1993 Guatemala constitutional crisis took place in 1993 when then President

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  4. ^ Fischer, Edward F. Cultural logics and global economies: Maya identity in thought and practice. Austin: University of Texas Press, Austin. 2001. Pp. 78-79.
  5. ^ Keesing’s record of world events June 1993. Pp. 39503.


In a last bid to stay in office, Serrano’s coup. The Court ordered the Congress to reconvene and elect a new President within 24 hours”.[5]

Serrano had seriously overestimated his support from the military and underestimated the international diplomatic reaction to his coup. Furthermore, his move had the unintended effect of catalyzing opposition not only to his leadership but to the whole structure of backroom military power that he had hoped would support him, thus bringing together an unlikely coalition of progressive business interests, human rights groups, and Maya activists that would play an important role in the 1996 Peace Accord negotiations”.[4]

In the early morning hours of Tuesday May 25, 1993, President Serrano called on the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to convoke elections for a National Constituent Assembly in 60 days.[3]


[1].Ramiro de León However, Espina was judged by the Constitutional Court to have been involved in the coup as well, and Congress replaced him with Human Rights Ombudsman [1].Gustavo Espina, which ruled against the attempted takeover. In the face of this pressure, Serrano resigned as president and fled the country. He was replaced on an interim basis by his vice president, Constitutional Court), and the army's enforcement of the decisions of the [1]

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