On November 4, 2010, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom vetoed legislation that would have reinstated the death penalty, stating that he believed the death penalty does not improve a nation's security. In March 2008, when Colom vetoed a similar bill, he cited cases from the US showing that the death penalty does not effectively deter crime. Guatemala carried out its last execution in 2000.
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