Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez yesterday condemned the actions of prosecutors in Guatemala, which he sees as a “threat to democracy”, after their announcements the day before Friday in which they made it clear that they consider the August presidential elections “null and void” , won by Bernardo Arevalo.

“I want to express in the most absolute way my rejection of the actions of the Guatemalan prosecutor’s office that threaten democracy and the will of the citizens expressed at the polls. Democracy must prevail,” Mr. Sanchez stressed via X (formerly Twitter).

President-elect Arevalo in an emergency press conference he gave denounced the prosecutorial maneuvers to cancel the unexpected electoral triumph he won in August, speaking of “absurd, ridiculous and perverted” allegations and the culmination of the “coup attempt” he has been denouncing for months now.

Mr Arevalo, who is expected to take office on January 14, has faced a series of legal challenges since his election victory: the legal status of his party, Movimiento Semilla (“Seed Movement”) was revoked, while movements are now underway to prevent him from coming to power. He surprisingly won the presidential election thanks to a program with a key component of fighting corruption in Central America’s most populous country.

Spain, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU, is constantly seeking to improve Europe-Latin America relations.