Guatemalans Vote for President

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 12:15 am (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 indicated 61-year-old retired General Otto Perez of the Patriotic Party was the leading candidate, but with far less than the 50-percent support needed to avoid a runoff in November.

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

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.