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Guatemalan presidential candidate for the National Front of Convergence (FCN) party, Jimmy Morales, casts his vote at a polling station in Mixco, 19 km from Guatemala City, during general elections on September 6, 2015

Ex-Comedian Becomes Guatemala’s New Leader

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Former comedian Jimmy Morales has been sworn in as Guatemala’s new president, having come to the fore on a wave of public discontent with the previous administration.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The inauguration ceremony took place on Thursday and was attended by US Vice President Joe Biden. Morales is yet to name his cabinet.

A 46-year-old former TV comic with hardly any political experience, Morales won in the October 25 elections after a successful anti-corruption campaign.

Morales got the support of some 70 percent of voters in Guatemala, where public discontent with the authorities grew after a major corruption scandal.

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina resigned in September amid a major corruption conspiracy involving the country's now resigned vice president Roxana Baldetti, which enabled officials to lower customs taxes in exchange for bribes.

Morales has promised to fight against government corruption in Guatemala.

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  • Воин Света
    Hardly any political experience is likely to be a good thing. It probably means he isn't corrupt.
  • Well, soon a TV reality star will rule the world. :)

    How pathetic and shallow this world really is.
  • Mark Gewiss
    Right wing + Guatemalan + Evangelical = CIA
  • Mark Gewissin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor,

    Show Business types: Eva Peron, Reagan, Berlusconi, Schwarzenegger, Trump... now THIS guy!
  • in reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
    Mark Gewiss, Tom Cruise to follow. By the time Trump finishes his tenure as the top clown Scientology will the the Church of salvation that will be there for the traumatised and misguided Americans as they will get sick of DEM or REP candidates who will close off the worst the USA could have faced in 3 decades. I am not kidding by the time Clinton or Trump finish their first term the USA may go bust or will be humiliated on the International level so a possibility of having Tom Cruise as a president is the least outrageous thought or possibility :)
  • Mark Gewissin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor,

    You know, the trope is Tom Cruise is always shown "running" in all his movies!

    I increasingly believe Hillary is too unwell to be a candidate.
  • in reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
    Mark Gewiss, I believe it will be Sanders or Trump as both of them are better alternatives for the USA. If the Witch gets it, the USA is screwed and with them a big part of the rest of the world. I am not sure why she is still in the race after all of the allegations and previous criminal activities.
  • Andreas Koppa
    Another Latin American clown-puppet raised in power by Washington.
  • Mother Gorillain reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
    Andreas Koppa, you know he played a hillbilly in one movie who almost became president of his country, now in reality, he did manage. And there is no evidence he is corrupted by Washington, not yet, but probably soon.
  • Andreas Koppain reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Mother Gorilla, Hopefully Mom, hopefully, but knowing as I know Latin America I doubt he will remain unpolluted. Well, unless he is another Morales or Correa... We'll see, we'll see.
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