Nov 7, 2011

Central American Politics: Ex-general wins Guatemalan presidential election "GUATEMALA CITY --Guatemalans ... elected as their new leader ... retired general and former intelligence director Otto Perez Molina of the conservative Patriotic Party (who) won an easy and early victory on Sunday in a runoff race against tycoon-turned-political populist Manuel Baldizon of the Democratic Freedom Revival party. Perez garnered 54 percent of the vote to Baldizon's 46 percent.

...voters supported Perez's "iron-fist" approach to rampant crime in the country, which has been overrun by gangs, Mexican drug cartels and has one of the highest murder rates in the world. President Alvaro Colom had to send the military to various parts of the country in the last six months to regain control from the drug gangs." read more

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