Retired general sweeps to power in Guatemala election

GUATEMALA CITY, (Reuters) – A retired right-wing  general promising a crackdown on violent crime won Guatemala’s  presidential election yesterday and will be the first military  man to take power since democracy was restored in 1986.
Otto Perez had 54.5 percent support with results in from 96  percent of polling stations while his rival, wealthy  businessman Manuel Baldizon, trailed with 45.5 percent.
Guatemala’s electoral tribunal declared Perez the winner  late yesterday, and his supporters began celebrating.

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