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    Newcomer Morales Leads in Guatemala Presidential Poll

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    A political newcomer, centrist Jimmy Morales leads Guatemala's presidential vote, the country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal revealed early results Monday.

    MEXICO (Sputnik) — With 32 percent of votes counted, Jimmy Morales is leading with 26 percent of the vote. Manuel Baldizon, a right-wing businessman and former lawmaker, is in second place with 20 percent.

    In case no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote, there will be a second round of voting on October 25. Some 7.5 million people were eligible to vote in the polls which closed Saturday.

    A new president and congress are being elected amid a deep political crisis in Guatemala.

    Former President Otto Perez Molina resigned last week and was swiftly arrested over a customs fraud scheme.

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