Weekly Report - 24 August 2023 (WR-23-34)

Arévalo cruises home but faces uphill task to deliver change

Guatemalan voters overwhelmingly opted for change in the second round of presidential elections on 20 August. Bernardo Arévalo, the anti-corruption candidate, swept to victory with a lead of in excess of 20 percentage points over his rival, Sandra Torres, part of the political establishment widely associated with abuse of power, corruption, and the subversion of democracy. Arévalo’s first challenge will be fighting off possible attempts to prevent him from taking office next January. Assuming he manages this, he will face a hostile congress and could struggle to muster a majority to advance with his anti-corruption legislative agenda.

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