03:30 GMT +323 September 2017
    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

    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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