Guatemala elected comedian Jimmy Morales as the President

Oct 27, 2015 11:17 IST

Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian, on 25 October 2015 swept to power in Guatemala's presidential election. He will take the office on 14 January 2016.

In the presidential election, Morales won more than 67 percent of votes. On the other hand, the ex-first lady Sandra Torres received less than 33 percent of votes.

In 2015, Morales was nominated as the presidential candidate of National Convergence Front (FCN/Nation). Initially, he was considered an outsider. However, he finished first in the first round of the election and qualified for the runoff.

Morales, who identified himself as a nationalist, supported death penalty and opposed abortion, came out with a slogan of Neither corrupt nor a thief that attracted the masses.

His success came after both former vice president Roxana Baldetti and outgoing president Otto Pérez Molina had to step down and were arrested on fraud and corruption charges.

Jimmy Morales born as James Ernesto Morales Cabrera on 18 March 1969 earned fame as a TV comedian when he starred in the popular TV series Moralejas (Morals).

He joined the FCN party in 2013 and became its secretary-general.

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