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Ex-general wins Guatemalan presidential election
Associated Press ^ | Sunday, November 6, 2011 11:07 PM EST | SONIA PEREZ

Posted on 11/06/2011 10:07:33 PM PST by Hunton Peck

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former general promising to get tough on rampant crime and drug violence easily won Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday, marking a shift to the right in the poor Central American nation.

Otto Perez Molina of the conservative Patriotic Party won 55 percent of the vote, topping tycoon-turned-political populist Manuel Baldizon of the Democratic Freedom Revival party, who had 45 percent, according to Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

Perez, 61, is the first former military leader elected president in Guatemala in the 25 years after the end of brutal military rule. While that concerns some international groups, Guatemala has a young population, and many don't remember the war.

Witnesses say hundreds of villages were obliterated by the army's scorched-earth policy. Perez has said there were no massacres or genocide. He has never been charged with any atrocities and was one of the army's chief representatives in negotiating the 1996 peace accords.

"The first thing to do will be to lower the levels of violence and insecurity that we are living with, and work with lawmakers to improve the state's budget," Perez said after hearing Sunday's results.

Voter turnout was less than 50 percent. In some regions it was about half what it was for the initial presidential election on Sept. 11, according analyst Oscar Almengor, who led a team of observers from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala.

"The low participation is one of the indicators that worries us because it shows that the people don't support or feel represented by the political options," said Manfredo Marroquin of the non-governmental organization, Mirador Electoral, or Electoral Observer.

Outgoing center-left President Alvaro Colom, who can't run for re-election, urged both sides to respect the results from the electoral tribunal "to avoid violence and illegal acts." He said 106...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: guatemala; ottoperezmolina

1 posted on 11/06/2011 10:07:35 PM PST by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

I visited Guatemala in 2007...until then, I didn’t know how deeply I loved New Jersey.


2 posted on 11/06/2011 10:17:57 PM PST by stormhill
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To: stormhill

That bad, huh?

:-)


3 posted on 11/06/2011 11:16:25 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

Coming back to the States I didn’t want to kiss the ground...just rub my cheek against it for a while


4 posted on 11/06/2011 11:27:41 PM PST by stormhill
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To: stormhill
I used to joke about Guatemala.

When I was watching the news with the wife and the MSM are constantly reporting about the Middle East or Africa and I would tell my wife: Who cares about those places? - I need to know about what's happening with Guatemala!

Or: Who cares what they think? - What does Guatemala have to say??

Then she started coming home with Guatemala coffee and Guatemala canned fruit.

I told her: Stop that.

Then Guatemala started being in the news. And now a Freeper was in Guatemala!

5 posted on 11/07/2011 12:47:52 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Hunton Peck. First order of business will be to defend Guatemala against Nicaragua.
A former general promising to get tough on rampant crime and drug violence easily won Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday, marking a shift to the right in the poor Central American nation. Otto Perez Molina of the conservative Patriotic Party won 55 percent of the vote, topping tycoon-turned-political populist Manuel Baldizon of the Democratic Freedom Revival party, who had 45 percent, according to Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

6 posted on 11/07/2011 3:20:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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