US VP Joe Biden to attend swearing-in of new Guatemala leader

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C), seen greeting members of the Ukrainian parliament with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) on December 8, 2015, will travel to Guatemala in January 2016 for the swearing-in of president-elect Jimmy MoralesUS Vice President Joe Biden is to visit Guatemala on January 14 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of that country’s new leader, comedian-turned-president Jimmy Morales, the US embassy said Thursday. Morales, 46, triumphed in October elections to succeed Otto Perez, who had to stand down as president the month before when he became engulfed in a corruption scandal that sparked street protests. Leaders of several Central American countries, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Spain have also been invited to attend the ceremony at which Morales will formally take office.

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