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Presidential election runoff

October 25, 2015 - GUATEMALA

Comic actor Jimmy Morales stands against former First Lady Sandra Torres in a presidential runoff election in poverty-stricken Guatemala. The first round, on September 6, was held days after President Otto Perez Molina resigned over a customs bribery scandal.

• In the first round September 6, 2016, there were 14 registered candiates and no one received more than 50 per cent of the vote. The two with the largest vote were Jimmy Morales, with 23.85 per cent, and Sandra Torres, with 19.76 per cent, who narrowly beat Manuel Baldizón (Renewed Democratic Liberty) with 19.65 per cent.

• Jimmy Morales of the National Convergence Front (FCN) was born 1969, comes from a poor family and is an Evangelical Christian with a degree in Business Administration. His slogan is "Ni corrupto, ni ladrón" (Neither corrupt nor a thief).

• Sandra Torres Casanova of the National Unity of Hope (UNE), born 1955, is a politician with a degree in Communication Sciences and Masters in Public Politics. She was First Lady of Guatemala from 2008 to 2011 as the wife of President Álvaro Colom.

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Date written/update: 2015-09-24