Guatemala corruption scandal leads to political crisis, resignations

Street demonstrations, the resignation of cabinet ministers and the arrest of his former vice president are pushing Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina into a corner.

Protesters demanding Perez Molina's resignation blocked roads on the outskirts of Guatemala City on Tuesday, and a judge is expected to issue a ruling on allegations that former Vice President Roxana Baldetti accepted $3.7 million in bribes as part of a scandal that forced her from office.

Since Friday, five of Perez Molina's 13 cabinet secretaries have resigned, mainly because of the scandal.

Tensions are mounting ahead of the Sept. 6 elections, which are to elect Perez Molina's successor.

Some protesters are demanding the elections be postponed until the corruption scandal is resolved and Perez Molina resigns.