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 Maldonado had been made Vice-President after Roxana Baldetti resigned during a corruption scandal but was then made interim President.
Both interim President Alejandro Maldonado and Vice-President Juan Alfonso Fuentes Soria are due to remain in office until 14th January 2016 when the winners of the current election will take over.
The country is currently going through a presidential and general election with a second round of voting due to take place on 25th October. Jimmy Morales of the National Convergence Front (FCN), a figure who is seen to be outside the political establishment, will face Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope (UNE), the former wife of President Álvaro Colom Caballeros (2008 – 2012), in the second round.