Guatemala presidential candidates prepare for election amid political turmoil

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Guatemalans are scheduled to elect a new President on Sunday. The vote comes despite a corruption scandal that led to the resignation of former President Otto Perez Molina. From Guatemala City, CCTV’s Franc Contreras profiled the Central American nation’s top three presidential candidates.

Guatemala presidental candidates prepare for election amid political turmoil

Guatemalans are schedule to elect a new President on Sunday. The vote comes despite a corruption scandal that led to the resignation of former President Otto Perez Molina. From Guatemala City, CCTV's Franc Contreras profiled the Central American nation's three top presidential candidates.

More details:

  • Allegations of corruption led former Guatemalan President Otto Perez to resign.
  • Among the 14 candidates vying for the presidency of Guatemala is Manuel Baldizon. He’s a leading candidate and former Congressman who promises to fight corruption. To achieve that, he says Guatemala needs help from the United States.

Latin America specialist Carmen Munoz on the situation in Guatemala
For more on the details of the situation in Guatemala, CCTV’s Susan Roberts spoke to Carmen Munoz of The Atlantic Council.

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Latin America specialist Carmen Munoz on the situation in Guatemala

Sunday sees scheduled presidential elections in Guatemala. They are expected to go ahead, despite the political upheavals of the last few days and calls for them to be postponed. After the resignation of Otto Molina Perez, the former president remains in jail facing a corruption probe. Among the 14 candidates vying to take his place: the runner up in the last presidential poll, a comedian and a former first lady. For more on the details of the situation in Guatemala, CCTV's Susan Roberts spoke to Carmen Munoz of The Atlantic Council.