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Minister resigns after 40 children die in blaze

Carlos Rodas, Guatemala’s Minister for Social Welfare has resigned following a blaze last Wednesday at a government run children’s centre which killed 40 children. The minister had remained in post […]

Lucrecia Hernández Mack named Health Minister

Lucrecia Hernández Mack has been sworn in as Guatemala’s new Minister of Public Health and Social Welfare. President Jimmy Morales made the appointment after Alfonso Cabrera resigned last week for […]

Cabinet of Guatemala

Francisco Manuel Rivas Lara Minister of Interior Julio Héctor Estrada Minister of Finance Óscar Hugo López Rivas Minister of Education Lucrecia Hernández Mack Minister of Health Aldo Garcia Minister of […]

Jimmy Morales wins Presidential election

As predicted, Jimmy Morales the political outsider has been elected as Guatemala’s new President. He beat establishment figure Sandra Torres by 67.44% of the vote to 32.56%. Turnout was 56.32%. […]

Presidential 2015

The election took place in two rounds, on 6 September and 25 October 2015. In the first round results were as follows: Jimmy Morales (National Convergence Front) 23.85% Sandra Torres […]

Jimmy Morales expected to win presidential election today

Guatemalans are going to the polls today to elect a new president. This is a second round runoff after the first round on 6th September was inconclusive. In this second […]

Congress elects new VP

Juan Alfonso Fuentes Soria has been elected by Congress to be Guatemala’s Vice-President. The vacancy arose after the fall of President Otto Pérez Molina and his Vice-President Roxana Baldetti. Alejandro […]

Jimmy Morales in lead as Presidential poll goes to second round

With 80.1% of polling stations having reported in yesterday’s general election it looks as though the Guatemalan presidential election will go to a second round on 25th October. Jimmy Morales, […]

Parliamentary 2015

An election to the Congress of the Republic took place on 6 September 2015. Renewed Democratic Liberty (Libertad Democrática Renovada, LIDER) 44 National Unity of Hope (Unidad Nacional de la […]

Guatemala votes amid corruption scandal

A total of 7,556,873 Guatemalans will be eligible to vote today in the country’s general election. They will vote between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 2,796 polling stations for […]

Alejandro Maldonado named interim President

Alejandro Baltazar Maldonado Aguirre has been named as the interim president of Guatemala. He will serve as president until 14th January 2016 when he will be replaced by a newly […]

Four Ministers resign as crisis deepens

It looks increasingly unlikely that President Otto Pérez Molina will see out his term as demonstrations against his government and ministerial resignations accelerated over the weekend. There have been widespread […]

President’s approval rating down to twelve percent

It is probably a good thing that President Otto Pérez Molina is ineligible to stand again as president in the 6th September general election. His approval rating has plummeted in […]

Crisis deepens as another Minister goes

In what is developing into an ever deeper crisis for President Otto Pérez Molina Secretary to the Presidency, Gustavo Martínez, has announced his resignation. There have been other resignations by […]

Crisis deepens as three Ministers go

Amidst a deepening political crisis in the country Guatemala’s President Otto Pérez Molina has asked for and received the resignation of three Cabinet Ministers. Minister of the Interior, Mauricio López […]

Alejandro Maldonado is new Vice-President

A former judge, Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, has been elected as the new Vice-President of Guatemala after the resignation of Roxanna Baldetti from the role last Friday. The new Vice-President was […]

VP stands down voluntarily

President Otto Perez Molina has announced that Vice-President Roxana Baldetti has resigned from her post voluntarily. The official announcement on the government website says that Baldetti’s resignation was her “own […]