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Guatemala leader asks UN to extend mandate of anti-graft body

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, pictured on April 11, 2016, made his first visit to the United Nations' New York headquartersGuatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday asked the United Nations to extend the mandate of a UN-backed anti-corruption body in his country for another two years, officials said. Morales — on his first visit to the United Nations’ New York headquarters — made the request for the extension of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) in a meeting chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a UN statement said. “The secretary general welcomed President Morales’ intention to extend the mandate of CICIG until September 2019 and looked forward to continuing cooperation in the fight against corruption and impunity,” the statement said.

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