Guatemala President Fires Ministers Amid Corruption Scandals

Guatemala’s President Otto Pérez has fired several ministers amid a growing political crisis over corruption allegations.
Pérez told reporters he had dismissed the interior, energy and environment ministers as well as the country’s intelligence chief and other senior officials following a string of arrests and recent mass protests in Guatemala City.
The retired army general, who has not himself been accused of corruption, said the government would work with investigators to root out abuses by public officials.
On Wednesday, Guatemala’s central bank chief, Julio Suárez, and 14 other people were arrested, accused of rigging a multimillion-dollar contract from the country’s social security institute in favour of a pharmaceutical firm.