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Guatemalan Presidential Race Headed to Runoff After Weekend Election

HeadlineJun 26, 2023

Guatemala’s presidential election is headed to a runoff after no candidate received over 50% of votes needed to claim victory Sunday. Former vice president and first lady Sandra Torres of the centrist party National Unity of Hope appeared to be in the lead. Torres previously ran for president twice and has been accused of corruption and campaign finance violations. Congressmember Bernardo Arévalo of the progressive Movimiento Semilla party placed second, surprising many. He’s the son of former President Juan José Arévalo, who pushed for revolutionary social reforms when he was in office from 1945 to ’51. Semilla has promoted the protection of human and Indigenous rights, press freedom and policies combating the climate crisis, among other measures.

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