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Fighting Crime Is Number-one Challenge for Guatemala’s President-elect

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 78431
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2011-12-01
By: Louisa Reynolds

On Nov. 6, with all votes counted a few hours after the polls closed, Otto Pérez Molina became the first former general to be democratically elected president, beating rival Manuel Baldizón by 53.74% to 46.26% of the vote. This year’s election was the second-largest presidential runoff turnout in Guatemalan history (60.8%). His running mate Roxana Baldetti will be Guatemala’s first female vice president. Baldetti began her career as a journalist and businesswoman and has served as a PP congresswoman for two consecutive periods, becoming one of the official party’s most ferocious opponents.

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