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Yearbook 2010

Guatemala. During the year, as well as its closest neighbors, the country struggled with the growing violence and rising murder rates, in Guatemala nearly 50 murders per 100,000 residents. According to COUNTRYAAH, the fight against crime was not made more effective by the fact that top politicians and police chiefs were also regularly decided on criminal activities. At the beginning of the year, President Álvaro Colom, who took office in 2008, dismissed his fourth Minister of the Interior, Raúl Velásquez, for corruption and his fourth police chief, Baltazar Gómez, for involvement in drug smuggling. At the same time, the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) contributed to the arrest of several police officers for similar crimes.

2010 Guatemala

However, the Commission itself was hit by an internal crisis in early June, when its chief Carlos Castresana resigned in protest of President Colom's appointment of Conrado Reyes as state prosecutor. Castresana accused Reyes of links to organized crime, but himself was accused of irregularities.

In May, Guatemala was hit by tropical storm Agatha while volcano Pacaya erupted. The death toll was relatively low after Agatha, but 160,000 people were evacuated and a quarter of a million people were in need of relief as a result of the destruction of 5-10 percent of the harvests.

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