• Comedian big favorite in Guatemala runoff


    GUATEMALA CITY: A comedian with no political experience looks poised to become Guatemala’s next president when the country votes Sunday in a runoff election, amid the fallout of a massive corruption scandal. Jimmy Morales, a comic actor famous for playing a country bumpkin who nearly becomes president, heads into the vote with a huge lead — 68 percent to 32 percent for former first lady Sandra Torres, according to the final opinion poll. His surge has capped a tumultuous campaign rocked by president Otto Perez’s resignation and arrest on corruption charges on September 3, three days before the first round of voting. Perez, who is in jail awaiting trial, is accused of masterminding a corrupt network of politicians and customs officials that allowed businesses to pay bribes to get illegal discounts on import duties.



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