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Guatemala Congress Picks New VP in Wake of Customs Scandal

  • Associated Press

Guatemalan Congress President Luis Rabbe (C) listens to other lawmakers during the second election day for a new Guatemalan vice president to replace Roxana Baldetti, who resigned, inside Congress in Guatemala City, May 13, 2015.

Guatemalan Congress President Luis Rabbe (C) listens to other lawmakers during the second election day for a new Guatemalan vice president to replace Roxana Baldetti, who resigned, inside Congress in Guatemala City, May 13, 2015.

Guatemala has a new vice president to replace a woman who resigned over a widening customs corruption scandal that implicated her top aide.

Congress on Thursday picked Judge Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre from a shortlist of three nominees submitted by President Otto Perez Molina.

Maldonado replaces Roxana Baldetti, whose private secretary has been singled out by authorities as the alleged ringleader of the multimillion-dollar corruption scheme.

Baldetti denies any involvement but nonetheless stepped down last Friday after lawmakers began a probe of whether to remove the immunity that comes with her office.

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