Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced he will veto a bill that would boost abortion penalties to up to 25 years in jail and outlaw same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional and in violation of international treaties.

The bill, which was resurrected by the conservative Viva Party after being placed on hold in 2018, was passed by parliamentarians from several parties, including some of Giammattei's allies.

"I have spoken with the president of the legislative body to ask that Congress shelve this law, and, if it is not, I have decided that if this law reaches my office it will be vetoed," Giammattei said according to Reuters.

Giammattei stated the bill has not been supported by his administration and that he could not support it because it would violate two international treaties to which Guatemala is a signatory as well as the country's constitution.

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