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Oct 27, 2015

Guatemala’s next leader eyes GPS tags on teachers, phones for kids

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Basking in the glory of a landslide in Guatemala’s presidential election, a former comedian with no government experience has some unorthodox policy plans: he will tag teachers with GPS trackers to ensure attendance and give poor kids smartphones.

Jimmy Morales, 46, who sailed to victory with 67.5 percent of the vote on an anti-corruption platform, has said little about how he would curb gang violence or stem the flow of migrants to the United States, leaving a cloud of uncertainty over key issues.

Oct 26, 2015

Anti-corruption unit’s shadow looms over Guatemala’s next leader

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Until a U.N.-backed body began exposing corruption at the heart of Guatemala’s government, Jimmy Morales was nowhere in the race to become president.

Now the former TV comedian, who scored a landslide victory on Sunday, is poised to take power in the shadow of the same team that helped topple his predecessor.

Oct 26, 2015

No joke: Guatemalan comedian wins presidency in landslide

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Former TV comedian Jimmy Morales, who has no experience in government, won Guatemala’s presidential election in a landslide on Sunday after a corruption scandal toppled the last president and stoked outrage with the political establishment.

The headquarters of Morales’ National Convergence Front (FCN) party erupted in a celebration with live music and dozens of early revelers.

Oct 26, 2015

Former comedian claims victory in Guatemala presidential election

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Former TV comedian Jimmy Morales, who has no experience in government, declared himself the winner of Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday after a corruption scandal toppled the last president and stoked outrage with the political establishment.

The headquarters of Morales’ National Convergence Front (FCN) party erupted in a celebration with live music and dozens of early revelers, while all was quiet at the nerve center of former first lady Sandra Torres’ party as a throng of reporters waited.

Oct 26, 2015

Comedian favored to win Guatemala presidency on anti-graft ticket

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – A former TV comedian with no experience in government is poised to win Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday after a corruption scandal toppled the country’s last leader and fueled voter outrage with the political establishment.

Playing up his outsider status and promising clean government, 46-year-old Jimmy Morales has surged in opinion polls since a probe into a multimillion-dollar customs racket led to the resignation and arrest of President Otto Perez.

Oct 25, 2015

Comedian favored to win Guatemalan presidency with politicians in disrepute

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – A former TV comedian with no experience in government is poised to win Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday after a corruption scandal toppled the country’s last leader and fueled voter outrage with the political establishment.

Playing up his outsider status and promising clean government, 46-year-old Jimmy Morales has surged in opinion polls since a probe into a multi-million dollar customs racket led to the resignation and arrest of President Otto Perez.

Oct 25, 2015

Guatemalan comedian favored to win presidency with politicians in disrepute

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – A former TV comedian with no experience in government is poised to win Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday after a corruption scandal toppled the country’s last leader and fueled voter outrage with the political establishment.

Playing up his outsider status and promising clean government, 46-year-old Jimmy Morales has surged in polls since a probe into a multi-million dollar customs racket led to the resignation and arrest of President Otto Perez.

Oct 1, 2015

From lewd jokes to power: Guatemala comic on course for presidency

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – For years, Guatemalan comedian Jimmy Morales earned a living cracking bawdy jokes on TV, riffing on eating condoms and the perils of being ravished by a bull.

Now he looks set to become the troubled Central American country’s next president.

Sep 8, 2015

Comic actor easily wins place in Guatemala’s presidential runoff

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – A comic actor rode a wave of outrage over corruption to win the most votes in Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday and is seen as having a strong chance of winning a runoff next month.

Jimmy Morales, 46, who is new to politics and campaigned under the slogan “not corrupt, not a thief,” has promised a transparent government if he wins the presidency in a second round vote on Oct. 25.

Sep 7, 2015

Actor eases into Guatemala run-off, nail-biter for second slot

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – A comic actor who ran on an anti-corruption ticket has eased into Guatemala’s presidential election run-off while a former first lady and conservative businessman are in a close battle to go up against him in the second round.

Jimmy Morales, 46, has promised a transparent government if he wins the presidency in a second round vote on October 25, responding to public outrage over a corruption scandal that forced Otto Perez to resign as president last week.