September 4, 2017 / 8:40 PM / a year ago

Guatemala leader says he has always defended rule of law, after court ruling

Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales attends a meeting with mayors in Guatemala City, Guatemala, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday said he has always defended the rule the law after a court ruling that could allow lawmakers to strip him of immunity from an investigation into campaign financing.

Morales said in a statement he respected the separation of powers between different branches of government after the Central American country’s Constitutional Court opened the door to an inquiry of Morales for illegal campaign financing.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Editing by Leslie Adler

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