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Weekly Report - 04 July 2019 (WR-19-26)

GUATEMALA: Run-off confirmed, more than two weeks late

Two weeks on from the general election on 16 June [WR-19-24], Julio Solórzano, the president of the electoral authority (TSE), has confirmed that the 11 August run-off will take place between former First Lady Sandra Torres (2008-2012) of the opposition Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) and Alejandro Giammattei of the right-wing Vamos party. Solórzano’s announcement ends what the Organization of American States (OAS), which sent an electoral observer mission (EOM/OAS) to oversee the vote, described as a “climate of confusion” after the TSE ordered a recount in response to fraud allegations. The uncertainty was the latest in a list of complaints surrounding the electoral process which include the lack of legal certainty over candidates, violence, and corruption allegations against candidates.

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