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Guatemala's run-off will be a fight for the centre

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Significance

With the vote scheduled for August 11, Torres and Giammattei will spend the next two months striving to win over supporters of the unsuccessful first-round candidates; corruption, security and the economy will be key election issues.

Impacts

  • Violence surrounding some voting areas will necessitate increased security for the run-off.
  • Morales will leave the country immediately when his term ends, to avoid potential corruption investigations.
  • Torres has suggested a referendum on the International Commission against Impunity's future but it is unclear if this is a firm commitment.
  • As president, Torres would have more legislative support than Giammattei, who lacks a sustained congressional base.
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