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Mental Health NGO Demands Psychological Tests on Jimmy Morales

  • Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales giving a press conference about the actions taken to sent back migrant Hondurans to their country. October 20, 2018.

    Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales giving a press conference about the actions taken to sent back migrant Hondurans to their country. October 20, 2018. | Photo: EFE

Published 24 October 2018
Opinion

The Guatemalan Mental Health League claims Morales shows signs of mythomania, cynicism and alcoholism.

The Guatemalan Mental Health League has warned about President Jimmy Morales’s psychopathic traits, as he shows signs of mythomania, cynicism and alcoholism demanding a psychological evaluation to determine if he is fit to lead the country.

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“As people, we have the right to demand an evaluation for the one who has the lead of the country in his hands, who until now has shown incapacity to do it in everyone’s interest as demanded by the Constitution of the Republic,” the league declared in a public statement shared on Facebook.

The league says the president shows signs of mythomania, a tendency to lie in a pathological way, citing the time when Morales said the Guatemalan security forces had a truck that was capable of catching planes smuggling drugs across the border or arresting Islamic State terrorists in the country.

Marco Antonio Garavito, the league’s director, says there are rumors about the president’s psychological profile, and believes “it’s clear that in many of his declarations there are elements that allow us to speak of psychopathic traits and his tendency to social isolation.”

Garavito says this is a problem of national security because it is Morales who leads the country.

He knows the government won’t accept his petition, but the league says it’s their responsibility toward the Guatemalan people to warn them about his mental state.

The league claims Morales “lies about reality without feeling guilt, respect or consideration for others,” speaking about the government relationship with the United Nations.

In early October, Morales told the press he had reached a deal with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint the new head of the  International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) together, as his government blocked its current chief delegate Ivan Velasquez from re-entering the country.

But shortly after U.N. spokeswoman Florencia Soto denied any such deal.

They also point out his way of speaking about poverty while living in luxury as signs of “affective detachment,” and a “possible alcoholic profile.”

The Guatemalan Mental Health League is a non-profit NGO founded in 1952, one of the first addressing mental health issues in the Central American country.

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