Guatemala’s public prosecutor’s office on Saturday denied any involvement in an alleged “coup” plot it says has been launched by President-elect Bernardo Arevalo to prevent him from taking power in January 2024.

“It is completely false that the prosecutor’s office is participating in a coup d’état process that the president-elect spoke about in an irresponsible way” the day before Friday, the institution said in a statement.

He assured that his actions “respect the principle of legality”, referring to the revocation, after the election period, of the legal status of the Movimiento Semilla (“Seed Movement”), the faction of the president-elect, for alleged anomalies and irregularities in the registration of of its members when it was founded in 2017.

“There is a group of politicians and corrupt government officials who refuse to accept the result [σ.σ. των εκλογών] and they have begun to implement a plan to dismantle the constitutional order and violate democracy”, said the 64-year-old Mr. Arevalo during a press conference yesterday. “We are watching a coup in progress,” he added.

The 64-year-old president-elect characterizes the attacks against his faction as the work of, among others, Attorney General Consuelo Porras, Prosecutor Rafael Kuruchitse and Judge Freddy Oreyana. All three justice officials have been labeled “involved in corruption” by the US government.

The head of the electoral mission of the Organization of American States (OAS), Eladio Loisaga, warned from Washington against the threat of violating “the constitutional order in Guatemala”, referring to the measures against Mr. Arevalo’s party.

The latter is expected to succeed Alejandro Yamatei in January, ending 12 years of right-wing presidency.

The crusade against Sporo was started by prosecutor Kuručice after the results of the first round of elections were announced on June 25, when Bernardo Arevalo moved to the second, in which he faced former first lady Sandra Torres.

The sociologist and former diplomat, who has vowed to fight corruption in one of the world’s 30 most corrupt countries, according to the NGO Transparency International, won in part because of the judiciary’s attacks on him and his faction after attracting solidarity many.

Analysts estimate that revoking his party’s legal status will not prevent the president-elect from taking power, but it will prevent Sporo from raising funds, recruiting new members, having a caucus – he elected 23 members of Congress to take over in January–, to shape the body’s agenda, etc.

An analyst estimated that opponents of the elected president will try to use the court case against Sporos as a lever of “pressure” to force him to “negotiate”, to ensure “impunity”, or a “share of power”.