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Guatemala President-elect Bernardo Arevalo meets with judges of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Guatemala City.


Guatemala’s rocky presidential transition

In recent days, supporters of Guatemala’s President-elect Bernardo Arévalo have been blocking roads across the country to protest ongoing efforts by federal prosecutors to block him from taking office.

The background: In August, Arévalo, a former diplomat who ran on an anti-corruption platform, pulled off an upset, defeating former first lady Sandra Torres. Her supporters, including the current ruling party, alleged fraud, but those claims were disputed by international observers and dismissed by Guatemalan courts. Government prosecutors have since sought to outlaw Arévalo’s political party on a registration technicality.

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A woman walks next to a campaign sign of Guatemala's President-elect Bernardo Arevalo.


Can Guatemala’s president-elect have a party?

Upstart progressive anti-corruption candidate Bernardo Arévalo was officially declared the winner of Guatemala’s presidential election on Monday, but there’s a catch. The country’s electoral registry also said his Seed Party should be suspended for alleged irregularities in the collection of signatures to form the party.
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Bernardo Arevalo of the Semilla party addresses supporters


Anti-corruption candidate, Bernando Arévalo, wins Guatemalan election

The votes are in, and Guatemalans have overwhelmingly chosen Bernando Arévalo to be their next president, with a majority forcefully rejecting the establishment and voting for a candidate who promises to clean up government corruption. If only it was that simple.

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Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis addresses supporters during a pre-election rally by the island of Salamina.

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Where We’re Voting: Greece, Guatemala, Sierra Leone

Got any weekend plans? You should be headed to the polls if you live in Greece, Guatemala, or Sierra Leone.

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