Co­me­dian elected as Gu­atemala pres­i­dent

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

A former TV co­me­dian with no ex­pe­ri­ence in gov­ern­ment has won the run-off vote in Gu­atemala’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Jimmy Mo­rales got more than dou­ble the votes of ex­first lady San­dra Tor­res, who is seen by many as part of the coun­try’s un­pop­u­lar po­lit­i­cal elite.

Mr Mo­rales cam­paigned on a prom­ise to fight graft fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion and ar­rest on cor­rup­tion charges of Pres­i­dent Otto Perez Molina last month.

Ms Tor­res ad­mit­ted de­feat once the mar­gin of Mr Mo­rales’ win was clear.

Mr Mo­rales re­ceived 67.4% of the vote and Ms Tor­res 32.6%. Mr Mo­rales, 46, de­scribed his vic­tory as a “brave vote, a vote full of hope, a vote which wants to put an end to cor­rup­tion”.

Mr Mo­rales is a well-known co­me­dian, who for 14 years starred in a pop­u­lar TV com­edy along­side his brother, Sammy Mo­rales.

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