In elections with less abstention than expected, Jimmy Morales, the filmmaker candidate for a nationalist center party, will run in the second round of the presidential election with an opponent who has yet to be chosen.
The 2015 elections in Guatemala saw the participation of 65% of eligible voters, which is auspicious in light of calls for abstention from different social sectors. Blank votes will not exceed 4% of those cast.
The Guatemalan proposal seeks to attract Spanish entrepreneurs, providing work permits and loans in order to set themselves up in the country.
Guatemala's foreign minister, Harold Caballeros, in the context of the recent XXII Latin American Summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Cadiz, said, "Guatemala made a proposal to President Mariano Rajoy and King Don Juan Carlos, to bring Spanish entrepreneurs to Guatemala. "
A workshop will be convened in June with South Korean entrepreneurs and tax incentives will be offered to their companies.
In June the government of Guatemala will convene a working group with representatives from South Korean firms in order to prepare business negotiations for allowing investments in the Central American country.
The Constitutional Court has unanimously ruled to support the Electoral Supreme Court's refusal to register Sandra Torres to run for the presidency of Guatemala.
The supreme court's decision puts a definitive end to the presidential aspirations of the former wife of President Alvaro Colom, whom she recently divorced in order to try to circumvent the ban on eligibility for the Presidency which the Guatemalan Constitution provides for relatives of the president up to the fourth degree.
Guatemala's Electoral Tribunal has rejected the registration for candidacy in the presidential election of Sandra Torres, who recently divorced from President Alvaro Colom.
According to an article in Prensalibre.com the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) ruling on the registry reads "Decision: Refusal of the application for registration of Ms. Sandra Torres Julieta Casanova, as a candidate for presidency of the Republic to which she cannot be elected to under the express prohibition contained in Article 186, paragraph c) of the Constitution and due to infringement of the law, as provided in Article 4 of the Judiciary Act ".
The presidential candidates have revealed their plans for the country’s energy matrix.
The presidential candidate Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriot Party (PP), said to Elperiodico.com.gt he would, "... continue to diversify the energy matrix with a short, medium and long term vision so that by 2022, 58 percent of national electricity generation would come from renewable energy sources, especially hydropower. "
Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriota Party, is urging the adoption of a fiscal pact, and said of tax increases, "During my administration we will have to consider whether an increase (in tax) is necessary or not."
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