Guatemala gets new attorney general after resignation

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has named a new attorney general after the previous chief prosecutor resigned due to threats.

Lawyer Anabela Morfin will now be the country’s top legal officer, replacing Maria Eugenia Villagran. Villagran told a local radio station on Monday that she will leave Guatemala due to the threats.

She attributed the threats received by her staff to the cases handled by her office, which include high-profile corruption cases.

One of the largest cases Morfin will take over involves allegations of bribes paid to a network of government officials, business executives and private citizens in exchange for granting a port operating contract.

Former President Otto Perez Molina and other officials remain jailed in connection with that and other cases.

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