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Guatemala swears in new president amid corruption storm

Guatemalan new president Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre waves after being sworn in at the Congress in Guatemala City on September 3, 2015Guatemala’s Congress swore in former judge Alejandro Maldonado as president Thursday as his disgraced predecessor appeared in court over corruption allegations hours after resigning in the face of unprecedented protests. Maldonado, a 79-year-old conservative who only became vice president in May, will serve out the rest of his former boss Otto Perez’s term, handing over on January 14. The country will hold elections Sunday to choose his successor, in a climate of widespread outrage over the corruption scandal engulfing Perez and broad rejection of the traditional political elite.

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