Comic Actor And ‘Viva The Crisis’ Star Jimmy Morales Leads In Guatemalan Presidential Election
“Viva The Crisis” star Jimmy Morales, a comic actor, leads the Guatemala’s presidential election poll. Read on to know more details.
According to The WALL STREET JOURNAL, Morales had a surprise victory in the first round of Guatemala’s presidential election on September 6. However, the comic actor has not secured “enough votes to avoid an October runoff.”
The election was conducted, just days after the resignation and arrest of President Otto Perez Molina in connection with a customs fraud scandal and political corruption allegations. With about 72% of the ballots counted, Morales grabbed the leading position with about 27% of the vote. Manuel Baldizon, a right-wing businessman, and Sandra Torres were at the second and third place, with 18% and 17% of the vote, respectively.
Since no one has secured 50% of the vote, Morales and Baldizon who grabbed the first two positions, would face off in the second round of voting that would take place on October 25.
In an interview on Saturday, September 5, Jimmy Morales said that his chief “priority is to fight corruption.” His campaign slogan was “Neither corrupt nor a thief.”
Torres, who grabbed the third place, was the wife of former President Alvaro Colom. She supports “public spending” as well as “restructuring of the country’s debt” to increase education fund, and for “justice and social programs.” Support from Torres could be important for both Morales and Baldizon, as per analysts.
Guatemala needs “change” and it has to be ruled by “people with dark pasts,” said the 46-year-old comic actor, after casting his vote near Guatemala City, reported BBC NEWS.
Guatemala needs “peace,” and hence “wants elections,’ said Baldizon after voting.
According to the Electoral authorities, approximately 7.5 million people were determined to be eligible for voting, and about 50% of voters had cast their votes about five hours after opening the election polls, reported the source.
Let us wait until October 25 for the second round of voting in order to know whether Jimmy Morales finally wins the Guatemala’s presidential election or not.
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