Monday, October 26, 2015. BMG: With 67.4% of the population’s vote in favor of 46 year old, comedian Jimmy Morales, Guatemala has officially elected its new President.
President Morales got more than double the votes of ex-first lady Sandra Torres who only garnered 32.6 % of the votes.
On a CNN report, President Morales described his victory as a “brave vote, a vote full of hope, a vote which wants to put an end to corruption”. He also described himself as “a common man”, adding: “I don’t have super powers nor magic and I’ve never said I do, but my heart swells with love for this nation and together we’re going to fight for her.”
President Morales’ campaign manifesto was only six pages long. Little is known about President Morales’ policies, apart from favoring low taxes and limited government. He has also publicly stated his interest in claiming Belizean territory.
He has been criticized for some of his more far-fetched policies which include tagging teachers with a GPS device to ensure they attend classes and giving each Guatemalan child a smartphone. The campaign was conducted against the backdrop of a widening corruption scandal which led to the resignations of the vice-president and the president.
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