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Guatemala’s New President Morales Donates 60% of First Paycheck to Charity

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Guatemala’s new President Jimmy Morales, a former comedian, has decided to donate 60 percent of his first presidential salary, local media report.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – In total, Morales allocated about $5,200 in donations to various organizations and foundations, including a church museum in the San Juan Comalapa municipality (in Guatemala’s Chimaltenango department).

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

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 and Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina grew after a major corruption scandal.

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  • anne00marie
    Nice one. Can you see the Clintons or Blairs doing the same?
  • Baybarsin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
    anne00marie, Yes, if it gave them good press.
  • Baybars
    When you give alms you must do it in private and with honour and without insulting the person(s) who receive your gifts.

    This clown wants as much publicity as he can milk from what is probably the only time he has given anything in his life. American puppet, zionist to the core and a truly 'un-funny' man.
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