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Guatemala congress launches probe of VP amid growing calls for resignation over graft scandal

  • A masked student chants slogans against Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina during a protest sparked by a recent corruption scandal, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Guatemalan business leaders on Wednesday added their voices to growing calls for the vice president  Roxana Baldetti to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A masked student chants slogans against Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina during a protest sparked by a recent corruption scandal, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Guatemalan business leaders on Wednesday added their voices to growing calls for the vice president Roxana Baldetti to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students chant slogans against Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina during a protest sparked by a recent corruption scandal, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Guatemalan business leaders added their voices to growing calls for the vice president Roxana Baldetti to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Students chant slogans against Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina during a protest sparked by a recent corruption scandal, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Guatemalan business leaders added their voices to growing calls for the vice president Roxana Baldetti to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students carrying a sign that read in Spanish "Guatemalan what are you waiting for, to start another revolution," arrive at the National Palace during a protest against Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina sparked by a recent corruption scandal, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Guatemalan business leaders on Wednesday added their voices to growing calls for the vice president  Roxana Baldetti to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Students carrying a sign that read in Spanish "Guatemalan what are you waiting for, to start another revolution," arrive at the National Palace during a protest against Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina sparked by a recent corruption scandal, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Guatemalan business leaders on Wednesday added their voices to growing calls for the vice president Roxana Baldetti to step down because of a customs corruption scandal in which her former private secretary is implicated. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

Guatemala's congress has formed a commission to investigate Vice President Roxana Baldetti in connection with a recent customs corruption scandal.

By law the five-lawmaker commission has 60 days to make a recommendation on whether to revoke Baldetti's immunity from possible prosecution.

However, lawmakers intend to deliver the report May 14 because of protests and growing calls for the vice president's resignation.

Thursday's announcement comes after Guatemala's Supreme Court gave the green light for lawmakers to begin the process of possibly lifting Baldetti's immunity.

Dozens of people have been implicated in the bribery scandal, including Baldetti's former personal secretary, the scheme's alleged ringleader who is being sought by police.