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Guatemala: Former first lady Torres leads in first round of presidential election01:22

Guatemala: Former first lady Torres leads in first round of presidential election

Guatemala, Guatemala City
June 17, 2019 at 10:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former first lady and Guatemalan presidential candidate Sandra Torres showed optimism as she so far got over 22 percent of the vote in the first round of country's presidential election on Sunday, while speaking to the press in Guatemala City.

"We have to win the second round and obviously we have a public government's plan revolving around four axes, such as an economic reactivation for creation of employment, security and justice, social protection, and making government efficient and transparent", she said.

Torres, of the centre-left National Unity of Hope (UNE) party, is leading the race ahead of conservative Alejandro Giammattei, who had 16 percent of the vote.

Around half of the bulletins were processed and no candidate is expected to win 50 percent of the vote, thus a second round of voting is likely to be held in August.

Torres' programme is focused on tackling poverty with good welfare system, fighting drug gangs, addressing the migration exodus with heavy investments in infrastructure, health, education and agriculture.

Guatemala: Former first lady Torres leads in first round of presidential election01:22
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Former first lady and Guatemalan presidential candidate Sandra Torres showed optimism as she so far got over 22 percent of the vote in the first round of country's presidential election on Sunday, while speaking to the press in Guatemala City.

"We have to win the second round and obviously we have a public government's plan revolving around four axes, such as an economic reactivation for creation of employment, security and justice, social protection, and making government efficient and transparent", she said.

Torres, of the centre-left National Unity of Hope (UNE) party, is leading the race ahead of conservative Alejandro Giammattei, who had 16 percent of the vote.

Around half of the bulletins were processed and no candidate is expected to win 50 percent of the vote, thus a second round of voting is likely to be held in August.

Torres' programme is focused on tackling poverty with good welfare system, fighting drug gangs, addressing the migration exodus with heavy investments in infrastructure, health, education and agriculture.

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