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Weekly Report - 20 June 2019 (WR-19-24)

Third time lucky for Torres in Guatemala?

Sandra Torres of the opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) came first in a crowded field of candidates in Guatemala’s presidential elections on 16 June. The former First Lady (2008-2012) will go head to head with Alejandro Giammattei of Partido Vamos, a four-time presidential contender, in a run-off in August. With the electoral process having attracted multiple concerns amid legal uncertainty over the candidates and electoral violence [WR-19-20], the run-off rivals have left local commentators less than optimistic about the prospects for the fight against corruption – a major public concern. This has already taken a major knock under the government led by President Jimmy Morales who, among other things, announced last year that he would not renew the mandate of the International Commission against impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) when it expires this September.

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