06:05 GMT +321 July 2019
Listen Live
    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

    © AFP 2019 / MARVIN RECINOS
    Latin America
    Get short URL
    3144

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

    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
    © AFP 2019 / MARVIN RECINOS
    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.

    Related:

    Guatemala Reports 105 Cases of Zika Virus Infection
    180 Cubans Trapped in Costa Rica Travel to Guatemala on Way to US
    Six Killed in Guatemala Prison Riot
    Tags:
    salary, Jimmy Morales, Guatemala
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik