Guatemala's Colom revokes special powers as strike threat fades

President Álvaro Colom of Guatemala revoked the special powers he decreed on May 7 as the nation faced the threat of a truckers' strike.

Friday, May 23, 2008

With the strike threat now removed, Colom said no extension of the special powers was necessary. He had only adopted them to ensure the right of way on the nation's highways, he added.

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Transport strike threatened in Honduras

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Security forces put an end to truckers' strike in Guatemala

May 2008

Security forces put an end to a three-day-old strike by truckers in Guatemala, but the grievances that led to the dispute remain.

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Guatemala orders security forces to halt truckers' strike

May 2008

Alvaro Colom, the Guatemalan president, assumed special powers and ordered the security forces to intervene in a three-day-old truckers' strike that has led to food and fuel shortages in several cities.

The powers include restrictions on the Constitutional right to public assemblies. In a nationwide broadcast, Colom said the measures were necessary "so that the interests of the majority can prevail over those of a small group."

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