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Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemala presidential election

Alejandro Giammattei, conservative candidate and ex-prison chief, has been elected president of Guatemala, BBC reported.

Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemala presidential election

Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemala presidential election
STEPANAKERT, AUGUST 12,  ARTSAKHPRESSPreliminary results show he took 59% of the vote, while his centre-left opponent Sandra Torres won 41%.
A little over 8 million people were included in the voter lists, while turnout was about 40%.

Guatemala, a doctor by training and father of three children, for the fourth time claimed the highest public position. He first nominated himself in 2007, finishing third. In 2011 and 2015, he was also a participant in the presidential race, but in both cases showed very low results. The 63-year-old candidate stood for the right-wing Vamos (Let's Go) party in 2017, although in each of his four previous presidential attempts he has run for a different party.

In 2010, Giammattei spent more than 10 months in prison. He was accused of participating in extrajudicial killings of several prisoners during a large-scale operation to restore order in a large correctional institution in 2006. This case was closed for lack of evidence.

The President of Guatemala is elected for four years without the right to re-apply for the highest public office. The inauguration of the new leader of the Central American country will be held on January 14, 2020.


     

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