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Weekly Report - 14 March 2019 (WR-19-10)

GUATEMALA: A female race for the presidency

With electoral campaigning for the June general election due to kick off officially on 18 March, three women are leading the presidential race according to the first electoral survey released last week by CID-Gallup Latinoamérica. With all three facing or having faced legal challenges to their candidacies, the refusal of frontrunner Sandra Torres, former First Lady (2008-2012) of the opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) (among others), to sign a pact of “transparency, ethics and peace” promoted by the electoral authorities (TSE), suggests the campaign period, as in previous elections, could get dirty.

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