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  • Jimmy Morales, president of Guatemala.

    Jimmy Morales, president of Guatemala. | Photo: Reuters

Morales' decision comes amid a series of demonstrations in support of the commissioner's work that have called for the resignation of the comic-turned-president.

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court has suspended the expulsion of the head of the United Nations anti-graft commission, thus reserving the order by President Jimmy Morales earlier today.

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"The Constitutional Court grants protection in favor of Ivan Velasquez and suspends the expulsion," said the ruling from the court, which also acts as the Extraordinary Court of Protection.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales had declared Velasquez "non grata" and ordered him to leave the country immediately.

"In the interests of the Guatemalan people, the strengthening of the rule of law and institutionality, as President of the Republic, I declare Mr. Ivan Velasquez Gomez non grata in his capacity as commissioner of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala and order that he immediately leave the Republic of Guatemala," said the president.

Morales' announcement was released through a video by the press office of the Social Communication Secretary of the Presidency.

It was also reported that the president will hold a press conference to give more details on the decision against the head of the CICIG. Morales' decision comes amid a series of demonstrations in support of the commissioner's work that have called for the resignation of the comic-turned-president.

The United Nations, through a statement after meeting with Morales, made clear its support for Velasquez and the work of the commission in Guatemala.

The CICIG was created in 2007 to help the nation's criminal justice system fight organized crime, corruption and impunity more effectively.

It is now leading a graft probe into Sammy Morales, the president's brother, and Jose Manuel Morales, one the president's sons.

Guatemala's Attorney General Thelma Aldana and the CICIG will also investigate the nation's political parties on suspicion of illegal campaign financing during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

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