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Presidential election in Guatemala: victory of conservative Giammattei

Presidential election in Guatemala: victory of conservative Giammattei
Presidential election in Guatemala: victory of conservative Giammattei
Alejandro Giammattei largely defeated Sandra Torres to succeed Jimmy Morales as head of a country marked by corruption, misery and violence.

Le Monde with AFP Published today at 03:52, updated at 07:16
Right-wing candidate Alejandro Giammattei was elected President of Guatemala on Sunday, August 11, the Electoral Court announced, citing preliminary results that were "notoriously irreversible".

With 97% of the ballots counted, Dr. Giammattei was credited with 58.4% of the votes, according to the count communicated by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). The party of its social-democratic opponent Sandra Torres acknowledged its defeat.

Alejandro Giammattei promised to fight criminals and drug traffickers with "testosterone", and to restore the death penalty. Like his opponent, he also spoke out against same-sex marriage and the legalization of abortion.

Travelling on crutches due to a 40-year-old illness, the conservative doctor has been running for the fourth time since 2007, each time for different parties. Elected this time under the colours of the right-wing Vamos (Let's Go) party, Mr. Giammattei is feared for his untimely and uncontrollable anger.

Imprisoned for ten months
A former director of the prison service, he himself was in prison for ten months in 2010. Charged in a case of extrajudicial execution of eight detainees in 2006, he was released for lack of evidence but remained, he said, deeply affected by this experience of incarceration.

Sunday's election was marked by strong abstention, more than 58%, according to preliminary results. More than eight million Guatemalan voters were called upon to vote to elect the successor to the outgoing president, Jimmy Morales, whose sole four-year term was marred by numerous scandals. The new President is scheduled to take office on 14 January 2020.

In Sumpango, a small town where most of the population is Mayan, about 40 kilometres west of the capital, the four leaders of one of the polling stations made a quick prayer by opening the poll at 7 a.m. local time. However, they had to wait a good hour before they saw the first female voter arrive, dressed in traditional costume, like most local women.

The voters met by Agence France-Presse (AFP) may have been disillusioned, but they hope that their new president will take to heart the three wounds of their country: corruption, criminal violence and poverty. "We want a president for real... Let him keep his promises," Marta Lidia Subuyuj, a 43-year-old peasant woman told AFP.

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"Let him keep his promises"
The Guatemalans were burned by Jimmy Morales: they thought they were renewing the political class by electing in 2015 this TV comedian with no experience in power... Tired, the bateleur ended his only four-year term under the influence of an investigation for illegal election campaign financing.

"I don't trust politics because four years ago people wanted something different with Jimmy Morales and it was worse," said Kimberly Sal, a 19-year-old teacher after slipping her report card into the box on Sunday.

Both candidates assured that they would fight corruption. However, this stated will is met with scepticism from their opponents and analysts, especially since Ms. Torres and Mr. Giammattei have announced that they want to do without the help of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (ICIG), the United Nations (UN) anti-corruption mission, which was declared undesirable for having indicted the outgoing president.

A migration pact with the United States
In addition to the relentless concern of the fight against corruption, there has recently been the humiliation of a migration pact snatched by US President Donald Trump. Despite the outcry in Guatemala over this vague and opaque agreement, both candidates were very cautious in their comments and intentions.

According to the White House, Guatemala is now considered a "safe third country" to which asylum seekers will have to make their first steps.

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For many leaders of associations and non-governmental organizations, the country cannot receive migrants en route to the United States when it cannot even provide for its own population. Indeed, 60% of the 17.7 million inhabitants live below the poverty line.

This country in the "northern triangle" of Central America itself, along with neighbouring Honduras and El Salvador, provides one of the largest contingents of candidates for the "American dream", people who throw themselves on the roads to escape the 
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