After a first round victory, on November 7th, ex-General Otto Perez Molina won the second round of Guatemala’s presidential election with 54% of the vote, despite his record of human rights violations.
With his “mano dura” (iron fist) campaign strategy, Perez promises a strict crack-down on crime and drugs, attributed to Guatemala having one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
Notably, a woman, Roxana Baldetti, was elected vice-president – a historical first for a country known for deep patriarchy and discrimination against women. However, voter turnout was unimpressive – less than 50 percent – with “a large percentage of voters abstaining or voting blank. This is a high contrast to the 69 percent voter turnout at the first round elections on September 11th.