Guatemalans Vote for President

Posted September 11th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Guatemalans looking for relief from poverty and out-of-control crime voted for a new president Sunday.

Pre-election opinion polls show 61-year old retired General Otto Perez of the Patriotic Party as the leading candidate, but with with far than the 50% support needed to avoid a November run-off in November.

Perez will likely face conservative businessman Manuel Baldizon in a second round.

Among the field of ten candidates, the only left-leaning candidate is Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu who appears to be generating only marginal support.

The campaigns have focused on who will do the best job in controlling crime, primarily linked to drug trafficking.

The winner will take over in January, replacing President Alvaro Colom, who is barred by law from running for re-election.