Giammattei, New President of Guatemala

Alejandro Giammattei will assume the presidency of the country on January 14, 2020 with the challenge of implementing policies aimed at providing greater legal certainty to investments and reactivating the economy.

Monday, August 12, 2019

According to the most recent results of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Alejandro Giammattei won the second round of elections by a wide margin, concentrating 57.9% of the votes, a proportion higher than the 42.1% captured by Sandra Torres, candidate of the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (National Unity of Hope). See full results.

This electoral process was characterized by being surrounded by uncertainty, since four of the presidential candidates were decided in the courts, as was the case of Zury Ríos and Thelma Aldana, who from the beginning headed the voting intentions, faced multiple legal difficulties that prevented them from participating.

Mauricio Radford and Edwin Escobar, were other candidates for the first magistracy who were also disqualified from the elections, because they had pending legal processes that they could not resolve in time.

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Another relevant fact was that several sectors of society publicly expressed their discontent with the results of the first round, derived from the problems arising with the transmission of data to the computer system.

Giammattei will receive a country with an economy that has stagnated in recent years, because in the case of economic growth, it has averaged around 3%, without showing signs of substantial change. In the case of Foreign Direct Investment, there has been a 12% decrease in the last two years, from $1,170 million in 2017 to $1,032 million in 2018.

In that scenario, Giammattei must direct efforts for the government to generate the conditions that will allow reactivation of the economy, and thus increase employment levels.

In addition, the president-elect will have to negotiate with a Congress that will be led by the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza, which won the election of 53 deputies for the next legislature.




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Uncertainty for the Second Round of the Electoral Process

August 2019

On August 11, Guatemalans will go for the second time to the polls, in a climate of uncertainty, tension and roadblocks, because of dissatisfaction with the results of the first round of elections and the recent immigration agreement signed with the United States.

Days after the first round was held, in which the results of the presidential election were won by the candidate of the National Unity of Hope, Sandra Torres, with 24% of the votes, followed by Alejandro Giammattei of the Vamos party, with 13.9%, several sectors of society began to express their dissatisfaction with the results, derived from the problems that arose with the transmission of data to the computer system.

Torres and Giammattei in Second Round

June 2019

After the presidential candidates Sandra Torres and Alejandro Giammattei obtained 26% and 14% of the votes, respectively, they will have to go to a second electoral round on August 11 to define who will be the next president of the country.

The last report of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, which was updated at 3 p.m.

Guatemala's Future at Stake

June 2019

Next June 16, Guatemalans will have to elect the new government that will assume in January 2020, which will have the challenge of implementing the policies needed to respond immediately to the most urgent demand of the population: the employment generation.

The country's electoral process has been surrounded by uncertainty, since four of the presidential candidates were decided in the courts.

Drastic Change in the Electoral Scenario

May 2019

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.

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.

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