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Comedian Jimmy Morales is Guatemala president

AFP
Published Oct 27, 2015, 5:42 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 8:35 am IST
Morales declared victory as election officials released the resounding results
Jimmy Morales, the National Front of Convergence party presidential candidate, gestures to supporters after winning the presidential runoff election in Guatemala City, early Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (Photo: AP)
 Jimmy Morales, the National Front of Convergence party presidential candidate, gestures to supporters after winning the presidential runoff election in Guatemala City, early Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (Photo: AP)
Guatemala: Comedian Jimmy Morales won a landslide victory in Guatemala’s presidential race on Monday despite having no political experience, after a campaign upended by a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing president.
 
Morales, a comic actor and TV personality, declared victory as election officials released the resounding results: 68 per cent of the vote for the conservative candidate to 32 percent for former first lady Sandra Torres, with 97 per cent of polling stations reporting.
 
“Thank you for this vote of confidence. My commitment remains to God and the Guatemalan people, and I will work with all my heart and strength not to defraud you,” said Morales.  Torres conceded defeat telling “People have made their choice and we respect it.”
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