Guatemala decides this Sunday in a run-off election a new head of state and government.

The former First Lady Sandra Torres won the first round of the presidential election on may 16. June with approximately 25.5% of the votes. Their social democratic party, UNE was in the simultaneous parliamentary election, by far the strongest force in Congress.

The conservative candidate, Alejandro Giammattei of the party Vamos came to just under 14 percent. Because no candidate reached an absolute majority, are now to choose the around eight million eligible voters, citizens of this Central American country between the two 63-Year-old a successor for President Jimmy Morales. This is not allowed to stand for a second four-year term in office, as the Guatemalan Constitution does not allow re-election.

For Giammattei would, in the opinion of observers, the frustration of many voters beyond the traditional political elites, one of which is Torres. Against the Ex-wife of former President Álvaro Colom, is being investigated for illegal campaign financing. Also Giammattei, however, had already been in Trouble with the justice. Because of a bloody bet in a detention facility during his time as head of the national prison administration, he was sitting several months in detention, was finally acquitted.

A big issue is also a controversial migration agreement with the United States, the government signed around two weeks ago, is currently. Both candidates reject it.

The polls open at 07: 00 am (15.00 GMT) and close at 18.00 PM (Monday 01:00 CEST). The winner progresses to the office of the Guatemalan President in the coming January.

Reuters topics in this article, Guatemala’s runoff presidential election, parliamentary election

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