On June 16, some 7.6 million Guatemalans were eligible to vote for president, vice president, the entire 160-seat Congress, and 340 mayors. After a race that saw multiple top-tier candidates eliminated via questionable court decisions, voters had to choose between former First Lady Sandra Torres and ex-penitentiary director Alejandro Giammattei in an August 11 runoff. Turnout hit just 42 percent during the second round, which Giammattei—a four-time candidate who came in second to Torres in the first round—won with 58 percent of the vote.
On January 14, 2020, Giammattei will take the reins from Jimmy Morales, a former comedian who won in 2015 by making anti-corruption pledges. Instead, his government found itself tainted by corruption allegations and witnessed the end of the UN’s International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala—or CICIG. Morales now has one of the lowest approval ratings in the Americas.
Guatemalan presidents 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?