A corruption scandal reaching up to outgoing President Otto Pérez Molina threatens to derail democratic rule in Guatemala ahead of the presidential election scheduled for September 6. Having announced on national television that he will not resign, Pérez Molina is resisting popular protests demanding that anticorruption reforms be passed before the next election is held.
Patricio Navia, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University and a professor of political science at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. His research interests include democratization, electoral rules and democratic institutions in Latin America. Dr. Navia has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters and been a visiting professor at Princeton, New School University, and Universidad de Salamanca and Universidad de Chile. Several of his books, including Diccionario de la politica chilena, El discolo, conversaciones con Marco Enríquez-Ominami, and Las grandes alamedas: El Chile post-Pinochet, have been best sellers in Chile. He is currently a columnist for El Líbero and writes regularly for the InfoLatam website. He has previously penned columns for La Tercera, Revista Capital and Que Pasa.