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Corruption-weary Guatemalans elect comedian as president

President-elect Jimmy Morales, of the National Front Convergence, delivers a speech next to his wife Hilda Marroquin, after winning the run-off election, in Guatemala City on October 25, 2015Comedian Jimmy Morales won a landslide victory in Guatemala’s presidential race Sunday despite having no political experience, after a campaign upended by a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing president. Morales, a comic actor and TV personality, declared victory as election officials released the resounding results: 68 percent of the vote for the conservative candidate to 32 percent for former first lady Sandra Torres, with 97 percent of polling stations reporting. Torres conceded defeat in a brief televised address, telling Guatemalans that “the people have made their choice and we respect it.

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