As Guatemala continues to combat a legacy of corruption in the executive branch, elections are scheduled to take place June 16. About 7.6 million Guatemalans are registered to vote for president, vice president, the entire 160-seat Congress, and 340 mayors. Just as corruption dominated the 2015 electoral season that coincided with the resignation and imprisonment of former President Otto Pérez Molina, corruption is once again a major topic for voters in 2019. Current President Jimmy Morales kicked off the year trying to expel the anti-corruption UN body, known as the CICIG, from the country.
With 27 political parties potentially vying for Guatemala’s top post, the final list of presidential candidates will be concluded March 17. If a candidate does not win the first round with more than 50 percent of the vote, he or she will compete in a second round on August 11. The president can only serve a single four-year term.
Conservative Alejandro Giammattei beat Sandra Torres in a runoff amid low voter turnout to replace Jimmy Morales.
Alejandro Giammattei leads Sandra Torres in polling ahead of the August 11 runoff to replace Jimmy Morales.
Sandra Torres and Alejandro Giammattei will face off in an August 11 runoff with an expected low voter turnout and amid an immigration deal with Washington.
The former first lady will face an ex-prison director in a second-round vote on August 11.
With the first-round vote slated for June 16, here’s a look at what’s at stake and who’s still in the running.
Sandra Torres has a healthy lead in polling ahead of the June 16 general elections, but she shouldn't rest easy.
Political scientist Marielos Chang explains why Sandra Torres is the candidate to beat, though her win is not a sure bet. The first-round vote takes place June 16.
Two months out from Guatemala's election, it's still unclear who will be allowed on the ballot.
President Jimmy Morales' maneuvering against Guatemala's institutions could give the U.S. a chance to recalibrate its policy.
AS/COA Online takes a look at upcoming presidential races in Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Uruguay.
Thelma Aldana made her mark in Guatemala’s fight against corruption. Is she ready for politics?