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Guatemalan prosecutors recommend president resign amid crisis caused by corruption scandal

  • A man waves a Guatemalan flag during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. About two dozen highway blockades were set up around the country by protesters demanding the president's resignation and that the Sept. 6 vote for his successor be postponed. He has vowed to stay on. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A man waves a Guatemalan flag during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. About two dozen highway blockades were set up around the country by protesters demanding the president's resignation and that the Sept. 6 vote for his successor be postponed. He has vowed to stay on. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • People paint a message on the ground demanding the resignation of Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. About two dozen highway blockades were set up around the country by protesters demanding the president's resignation and that the Sept. 6 vote for his successor be postponed. He has vowed to stay on. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    People paint a message on the ground demanding the resignation of Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. About two dozen highway blockades were set up around the country by protesters demanding the president's resignation and that the Sept. 6 vote for his successor be postponed. He has vowed to stay on. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Guatemala's former Vice President Roxana Baldetti attends her court hearing in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Judge Miguel Angel Galvez ruled Wednesday that Baldetti would not be allowed bail because she held an Italian passport and was considered a flight risk. Leaving the court Wednesday, Baldetti said she had no problem going to a regular jail. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    Guatemala's former Vice President Roxana Baldetti attends her court hearing in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Judge Miguel Angel Galvez ruled Wednesday that Baldetti would not be allowed bail because she held an Italian passport and was considered a flight risk. Leaving the court Wednesday, Baldetti said she had no problem going to a regular jail. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)  (The Associated Press)

The attorney general's office of Guatemala is urging embattled President Otto Perez Molina to step down.

The office says in a statement posted on its website late Wednesday that Perez Molina should "submit his resignation, to prevent ungovernability."

Calls have been mounting for Perez Molina's resignation in the face of a corruption scandal that has resulted in the jailing of his former vice president. Many members of his cabinet already have quit.

The government comptrollers' office also issued a statement saying Perez Molina should resign "to avoid greater social unrest that could have unpredictable consequences."

Protests and strikes are expected Thursday. Business, religious and student groups are also calling on Perez Molina to resign.