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Guatemala appoints new attorney general

May 10, 2014

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s president has appointed attorney Thelma Esperanza Aldana Hernandez as the new attorney general.

Aldana Hernandez has 25 years of courtroom experience and was president of the Supreme Court. She will begin her 4-year term on May 17.

President Otto Perez Molina said Friday that Aldana Hernandez’s court and public administration experience were taken into account when picking her for the job.

The appointment comes amid protests by human rights organizations over the ouster of former Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz.

Paz’s highest profile case was the trial of former dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt for his alleged role in massacres during Guatemala’s civil war.

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