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  • The program has implemented reforms to electoral, purchasing, civil service and penal laws in an attempt to eliminate corruption.

    The program has implemented reforms to electoral, purchasing, civil service and penal laws in an attempt to eliminate corruption. | Photo: Reuters

Cicig, with help from local prosecutors, has made headway in exposing corruption.

Ivan Velasquez, president of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, or Cicig, has announced the program's advancements as well as the political and legal proposals needed to end government corruption and impunity.

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Velasquez said that because of Cicig oversight, the government has reformed laws against organized crime, money laundering and drug trafficking. These reforms, according to the president, reinforce political transparency. The commission has also created a witness protection program. 

The program has implemented reforms to electoral, purchasing, civil service and penal laws in an attempt to eliminate corruption.

The president of the commission said that they are seeking an “extensive list to modernize the state and to genuinely strengthen government institutions."

Among ongoing Cicig investigations is the search for the unaccounted for US$825,000 that the current administration of President Jimmy Morales spent during his campaign in 2015. The investigation has been blocked at least twice by the National Assembly, which has granted Morales immunity. 

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