“The delegation of Japan withdraws from the Miguel Angel Asturias Cultural Center due to the delay of more than two hours for the inauguration (…) The delegation of Spain also withdraws,” the newspaper Prensa Libre published on the social network Twitter.
According to the newspaper, the spokesman of the Japanese delegation alleged “other commitments”, while the guests of Spain explained that they could not risk taking their flight.
The delay began when the former president of the Congress of the Republic, Alvaro Arzu, decided to temporarily suspend the solemn session to install the 160 incoming deputies to wait for a parliamentarian who finally arrived in a wheelchair.
The election of the Board of Directors of Congress was delayed by accusations of buying votes to favor the new government party (Vamos, right), and then the still president of the Republic, Jimmy Morales, spoke for almost an hour in his room and Last report to the nation.
“This delay of the Guatemalan Congress will serve to have more bilateral meetings: I already invited the Colombian president, Ivan Duque, to a bilateral one while we wait; the Congress gives a boost to our international agenda,” said El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele , in your Twitter social network account.
The international delegations began arriving at the Asturias theater shortly before 1:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. GMT), when the ceremony was scheduled to begin, but about three hours later several guests began to leave.