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Yearbook 2007

Guatemala. According to CountryAAH, Álvaro Colom, candidate for the center-left alliance Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE), won the second round of the presidential election on November 4 with 53 percent against 47 percent for right-wing candidate Otto Pérez Molina. The turnout was low; only half of those eligible to vote. However, the election campaign was violent; inter alia the party secretary for Perez Molina's party Partido Patriota (PP) was murdered and one of the mayoral candidates for the Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchús party Encuentro por Guatemala (EC). Incidentally, she received just over 3 percent of the presidential vote. Prior to the first round of elections on September 9, a total of 50 people died, many in connection with violent protests against suspected electoral fraud and voting sabotage.

2007 Guatemala

Even the congressional and local elections held on September 9 became a triumph for Colom's UNE. In Congress, the party's seats were increased by one-third to 48 out of 158. The party did not get its own majority, but Colom's opportunities to gather support for voting in the House were still considered good. The remarkably poor result of Frente Republicano Guatemalteco (FRG), whose mandate was halved, was outweighed by its leader, the former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who is the subject of an international investigation into human rights violations, given him another four years of legal immunity. UNE also won the majority of mayor posts in 18 of 22 provinces.

The violence in Guatemala caused tension in relation to El Salvador in February, when three Salvadoran members of the so-called Central American Parliament in Guatemala City were murdered. Four Guatemalan police officers were arrested for the act but were murdered only a few days later inside the prison under unclear circumstances. The events focused on Guatemala's recognized corrupt police force and its links to international drug trafficking.

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