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No joke: Former TV comedian wins presidential election

By Reuters in Guatemala City, Guatemala ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-10-27 07:41:31

Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian who has never held office, swept to power in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday, after milking public anger over a corruption scandal that deepened distrust of the country's political establishment.

The 46-year-old Morales overwhelmingly beat center-left rival and former first lady Sandra Torres in a runoff vote despite his lack of government experience and some policy ideas that strike many as eccentric.

The headquarters of Morales' center-right National Convergence Front party erupted in celebration as official returns showed he had around 68 percent support in a landslide victory.

No joke: Former TV comedian wins presidential election

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