03:09 GMT30 September 2020
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    Facing a scandal in relation to alleged involvement in a customs scheme, Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti is stepping down from her position.

    Though Baldetti has denied any wrongdoing, allegations suggest her involvement in a government scheme in which customs officials neglected to enforce tax levies in exchange for bribes.

    A Supreme Court ruling earlier this week determined that she could lose her immunity from prosecution, and proposition lawmakers have already called for Baldetti to face an investigation.

    "This is a personal decision to submit to the needed investigations…" President Otto Perez Molina said, according to Reuters. "Her decision is personal, thoughtful and courageous."


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