Brussels, 21 August 2023 (TDI): The European Union (EU) and the Netherlands extend their heartfelt congratulations to the people of Guatemala for their commendable engagement in the second round of the Presidential election held on August 20.

In a statement issued by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, the EU lauds the citizens’ resolute commitment to democracy and the peaceful conduct of the electoral process.

While the final official results from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal are still awaited, the outcome of the election is already evident.

The EU extends its felicitations to Bernardo Arévalo, who has emerged as the victorious Presidential candidate, and to Karin Herrera, the successful Vice Presidential candidate.

Outgoing President Alejandro Giammattei’s recognition of the electoral results and his call for an orderly transition and power transfer by January 14, 2024, have been welcomed by the EU.

The EU emphasizes the critical importance of united support from all segments of society and state institutions to ensure the success of this transition, ultimately benefiting the nation.

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The EU’s longstanding partnership with Guatemala stands as a testament to its unwavering commitment to democratic governance in the country.

This commitment serves as the bedrock for the Guatemalan authorities’ endeavours to foster sustainable and all-inclusive development, as well as social equity.

To substantiate its dedication to Guatemala and its democratic process, the EU has dispatched an Election Observation Mission (EOM) following an invitation from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

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Led by Chief Observer and European Parliament Member Jordi Cañas MEP, the EU EOM will meticulously monitor the electoral proceedings until their conclusion.

This vigilance aims to impartially assess compliance against both international and regional benchmarks, as well as domestic legal frameworks.

On August 22, the EU EOM will issue its preliminary statement, followed by a comprehensive final report that will encompass recommendations for future electoral undertakings.

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This report is slated for release within two months of the election.

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