Drastic Change in the Electoral Scenario

One month before the presidential elections in Guatemala, the Constitutional Court decided to remove from the election Zury Ríos and Thelma Aldana, two of the candidates with the highest voting intentions among the population.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The country's electoral process has been turbulent, since Zury Ríos and Thelma Aldana, presidential candidates who from the beginning headed the voting intentions for the 2019 General Elections, had multiple difficulties.

In the case of Ríos, the presidential candidate of the Valor Party, faced legal problems because of a constitutional prohibition, and on May 14 the Constitutional Court issued its ruling in which it annulled her candidacy.

On the other hand, Aldana, president of the Movimiento Semilla (Seed Movement), after her candidacy received several challenges, the country's highest court decided on May 15 not to protect her registration.

See "Elections and Economic Uncertainty"

Ricardo Barreno, director of the Central American Institute of Political Studies (Incep), explained to Prensalibre.com that "... the resolutions issued by the CC give a 180-degree turn to the current electoral process, because the "chessboard" will have to be reconfigured from now on, because the cases of Ríos and Aldana were the most relevant at the judicial level and also the most far-reaching at the electoral political level."

Barreno added that "... The opinion polls placed Torres, Rios and Aldana, in that particular order, at the head of the electoral acceptance, which implies, 'that there is an intention to vote quite markedly toward these political figures, but from now on it will change because the citizenship, seeing that their favorite is not in the electoral election, will have to analyze where to move.

The General Elections will be next June 16 and according to opinion polls Sandra Torres of the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza leads the voting intention, followed by Alejandro Giammattei of the Vamos party, Roberto Arzú of the Podemos-Partido de Avanzada Nacional coalition and a little lower Edwin Escobar of Prosperidad Ciudadana.

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