Demonstrators protest against Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales outside Guatemala's Constitutional Court in Guatemala City, Guatemala, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Fabricio Alonzo
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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday he was expelling the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that is investigating his campaign's financing -- only to have the order blocked hours later by the country's top court.A video posted on the government's Twitter site early Sunday showed Morales declaring Ivan Velasquez "non grata" and ordering him to leave the country immediately. Morales said nothing of kicking out the entire commission of foreign experts, but the expulsion would leave its future unclear. Velasquez heads a 10-year-old commission of experts that has worked with Guatemalan prosecutors to root out corruption in the country.Morales has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.Some 2,500 people demonstrated in the capital on Saturday to demand Morales resign.About 50 people gathered Sunday at the commission's headquarters, among them some foreign ambassadors along with Guatemala's human rights prosecutor, in a show of support for Velasquez.Sunday's move capped days of speculation that Morales would move against Velasquez.That left Morales in a difficult position of either waiting for the commission's investigation to proceed and potentially force him from office or be proactive and push Velasquez out, Allison said.
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