Alejandro Giammattei Wins Guatemala's Presidency

Guatemala's former first lady Sandra Torres is facing Alejandro Giammattei in the country's presidential election

Guatemala's former first lady Sandra Torres is facing Alejandro Giammattei in the country's presidential election

Conservative candidate Alejandro Giammattei declared victory in the presidential election in Guatemala, holding a major lead with the results from more than 90 per cent of polling stations counted.

Once inaugurated, Giammattei has the power to nullify the deal, which has been blocked from implementation by the country's highest court with a provisional injunction.

Guatemala's incoming president Alejandro Giammattei has vowed to seek better terms for his country from an unpopular migration deal agreed with Washington last month, but any room for maneuver is seen as likely to be hampered by weakness in the national Congress.

The victor of the runoff vote will take office on January 14. However, a turnout of 40% suggests disillusionment.

But the 63-year-old, a doctor by profession, scored well on voter concerns such as the economy, corruption and security, according to Risa Grais-Targow of the Eurasia Group. Investigative site Nomada branded Giammattei "impulsive. despotic, tyrannical. capricious, vindictive" - and worse.

Torres had previously run a textile and apparel company. She also proposed an anti-corruption program, but her Unity for Hope party came under fire because some of its mayoral candidates were accused of receiving contributions from drug traffickers for their campaigns.

"We need both Mexico and Guatemala to continue doing what they're doing", referring to Mexico's own campaign to block migrants from crossing its border with the United States. Trump's election has changed everything.

Concepcion Bautista from Guatemala cradles her newborn son in the same migrant shelter.

Giammattei will have to decide whether to nullify, honor or seek changes in the deal, which could potentially ease the crush of migrants arriving at the USA border.

Central American immigrants turn to Mexico A mere transit country?

Under the agreement, migrants passing through Guatemala en route to the United States would have to apply for asylum in the former rather than in the US. The measures are already having another effect.

3 World Series Contenders Nobody is Talking About
Despite being loaded on offense, the Cardinals have been inefficient in 2019 and rank near the bottom-10 in runs and home runs. Louis has title-winning pedigree and are loaded offensively, but thus far simply haven’t delivered consistent results.

"They are looking for asylum in the United States", he said."I don't think there are a lot of people from El Salvador and Honduras who want to seek asylum in Guatemala, especially if they are fleeing poverty".

Migrants from Central America play football in the migrant shelter in Tenosique. Migrants sit below a mural in Mexico with the words: "Our demand is minimal: justice". "We've gone north several times, but every time it's got harder", says one man, who was deported from the United States in December.

The father of three will have to balance the interests of the country with those of the United States, where three million Guatemalans live and work, many of them illegally.

Many Guatemalans are fed up with the political class after investigations by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a United Nations -backed anti-corruption body, led to the arrest of then-President Otto Perez in 2015, and then threatened to unseat his successor Morales, a former TV comedian. In a poll by Prodatos for the Prensa Libre newspaper, 82% of respondents opposed the deal.

Giammattei has been critical of Guatemala and its leaders for lacking vision on how to encourage development and fight poverty, unemployment and the lawlessness that fuels migration.

Nearly 60% of Guatemala's 17.7 million citizens live in poverty, and the country has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Remittances from Guatemalans in the USA are a crucial part of the economy, reaching a record $9.3 billion a year ago.

According to the World Bank, remittances account for 12 percent of the country's GDP.

Analysts do not expect Giammattei to reverse the decision by Morales to expel the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, which helped to launch a massive anti-corruption drive and bring down President Otto Perez Molina in 2015.

Morales, who ordered the termination of the CICIG's mandate as of September, was barred by law from standing again.

Recommended News

  • Facebook has been listening to users' voice messages without their knowledge

    Facebook has been listening to users' voice messages without their knowledge

    To its credit, Facebook was transcribing the audio to improve its AI's ability to interpret messages and not necessarily push ads. That's led some contractors to feel their work is unethical, according to the people with knowledge of the matter.
    Orioles take 5-game skid into matchup with Astros

    Orioles take 5-game skid into matchup with Astros

    The Orioles open up a series tomorrow against the New York Yankees, who pounded them last week and have done so all season. Just one day after losing 23-2 to the Houston Astros , the Baltimore Orioles pulled out a dramatic walk-off victory.

    Why Is PrepAway Considered to Be the Best Platform for Exam Dumps?

    However, it’s not easy to tell which one of those sources offers authentic exam dumps that will help you pass your test. All you need to do is to identify the best site for exam dumps, and you will pass your certification test with flying colors.
  • Joel Pereira: Manchester United goalkeeper joins Hearts on loan

    Joel Pereira: Manchester United goalkeeper joins Hearts on loan

    That would leave Levein chasing one last signing of the summer, which could be Manchester City youngster Ryotaro Meshino. Manchester United goalkeeper, Joel Pereira has left Old Trafford on a season-long loan to Scottish side, Hearts .
    Dole recalls baby spinach that could be tainted with salmonella

    Dole recalls baby spinach that could be tainted with salmonella

    They were sold in several states, including OH , however, the product is expired and would no longer be on store shelves. Symptoms usually start within six hours to four days after getting infected and usually last up to seven days.
    Burger King employees fired over 'unacceptable' pig drawing on cop's food wrapper

    Burger King employees fired over 'unacceptable' pig drawing on cop's food wrapper

    Rosenthal shared a photo of the offending drawing on social media, where it went viral. A representative with Burger King says they fired five employees who were involved.
  • Watch the First Trailer for Greta Gerwig’s LITTLE WOMEN

    Watch the First Trailer for Greta Gerwig’s LITTLE WOMEN

    Ronan and Chalamet are close friends and experienced colleagues after working the 2018 awards circuit together for Ladybird. Does this trailer impress you as much as it did me? And then it's also infused with this mutual energy and this exuberance.
    Philippines vows to bring killer of Chinese man to justice

    Philippines vows to bring killer of Chinese man to justice

    The embassy said offshore gaming operations in the Philippines have led to crimes and social problems in China. Two Chinese survey ships have been recently spotted operating within the Philippines' EEZ.

    Jeffrey Epstein's Death Was Announced on 4Chan, Authorities Had to Investigate

    Saturday, around 40 minutes before The Post broke the news of the convicted pedophile's death, Buzzfeed News reported . Donald Trump said earlier he wanted a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death.
  • Teenage sensation Coco Gauff given wildcard for US Open

    Teenage sensation Coco Gauff given wildcard for US Open

    The 35-year-old Aussie won the title in Flushing Meadows in 2011 and has reached the quarter-finals on two other occasions. Alongside these newcomers, the experience of Samantha Stosur was also rewarded with a wildcard into the US Open main draw.
    Manchester City sanctioned for signing minors

    Manchester City sanctioned for signing minors

    Man City spent more than £150million in the transfer market this summer, and even broke their club-record transfer fee. Manchester City have been fined for improperly signing young football players but avoided a ban on transfers.
    Allegiant Airlines to offer non-stop flights from South Bend to Sarasota

    Allegiant Airlines to offer non-stop flights from South Bend to Sarasota

    Bishop International Airport in Flint said new, direct flights to Sarasota, Fla., will start this fall. The airport is celebrating with a 24-hour, one-way sale with fares as low as $69.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.