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  • Employees pack electoral material and ballots in boxes, which will be distributed throughout the country, at a warehouse in Guatemala City October 21, 2015.
    In Depth
    3 September 2015

    Employees pack electoral material and ballots in boxes, which will be distributed throughout the country, at a warehouse in Guatemala City October 21, 2015.

    Foto: 1/3 Reuters


  • Sandra Torres, presidential candidate of the National Unity of Hope (UNE) party, salutes her supporters during a campaign rally in Mixco, on the outskirts of Guatemala city, October 18, 2015.
    In Depth
    3 September 2015

    Sandra Torres, presidential candidate of the National Unity of Hope (UNE) party, salutes her supporters during a campaign rally in Mixco, on the outskirts of Guatemala city, October 18, 2015.

    Foto: 2/3 Reuters


  • Guatemalan presidential candidate Jimmy Morales (C) poses for a picture with people at the central market after his lunch, in Guatemala City, October 21, 2015.
    In Depth
    3 September 2015

    Guatemalan presidential candidate Jimmy Morales (C) poses for a picture with people at the central market after his lunch, in Guatemala City, October 21, 2015.

    Foto: 3/3 Reuters


Just weeks after a massive corruption scandal forced the resignation of the country’s president, Guatemalans head to the polls to elect a new one.

Guatemala Runoff Elections: Meet the Candidates

Guatemala Votes: Presidential Candidate Overview

By Nate Singham

According to Guatemalan polling agency Prodatos, Presidential candidate Jimmy Morales holds a 67.09 to 32.1 percent lead over his political rival Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope Party. READ MORE

Guatemalans Go to the Polls on Oct. 25:

​​Elections But No Democracy in Guatemala, Again

By Grahame Russell

While Guatemalans will vote for their next president on Sunday, for the majority of the impoverished citizens and the ruling minority elites, the result is already known – little will change. Guatemala will remain an exploitative, racist and repressive country where national and international economic, political and military interests operate with impunity and corruption. READ MORE

Opinion – Reforms Before Elections

By Kelsey Alford-Jones

Guatemala is facing a historic opportunity to bring about meaningful reform in a moment when the nation is on the verge of complete institutional collapse. With unprecedented momentum building to address unbridled government corruption and impunity, the biggest impediment to successful reform may be the Sept. 6 elections. READ MORE

Can Movements in Guatemala and Honduras Usher in Change?

By Heather Gies

Tens of thousands of Guatemalans and Hondurans have taken to the streets in recent months to protest government corruption and multimillion dollar embezzlement of public funds, calling for an end to impunity and resignation of presidents who’ve seen what remained of their credibility dealt a heavy blow by massive scandals. READ MORE

Video: The Crisis

Guatemalan President Resigns

President Otto Perez Molina finally bowed to pressure and announced his resignation, according to his press office. READ MORE

Read Perez Molina’s Resignation Letter

Otto Perez Molina dated his letter of resignation Sept. 2 and addressed it to the president of congress, Luis Rabbe. READ MORE

Who Is Otto Perez Molina?

Perez Molina, a retired general and graduate from the infamous School of the Americas, is a founder of the conservative Patriotic Party and also served as the director of military intelligence and chief of staff under President Ramiro de Leon Carpio. READ MORE

Who is Guatemala's New President, Alejandro Maldonado?

Former Constitutional Court judge Alejandro Maldonado will take over as temporary president of Guatemala in the wake of the resignation of Otto Perez Molina, who is shrouded in financial scandal. READ MORE

In Pictures: Guatemala Rejoices

Guatemalans, including Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu, took to the streets in jubilation, Thursday, at the news Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who had vowed he would not resign, had stepped down. Click on the photo to go to the gallery (opens new window).

Timeline: the Downfall of President Perez Molina

How events unfolded, leading to the presidents resignation. READ MORE

Arrest Warrant Issued

The warrant follows a Congress decision to strip Otto Perez Molina of his presidential immunity to face trial for corruption. READ MORE

Otto Perez Molina. | Photo: Reuters

CICIG's Role in Guatemala

By Marion Deschamps

While the CICIG, whose headquarters are located in New York City, claims on its webpage it is politically, organizationally and financially “independent,” the voluntary contributions it depends on have mainly come from the United States – with up to US$21 million contributed up to 2013. READ MORE

Supreme Court Approves Impeachment

The Guatemalan Supreme Court approved a request by the country's attorney general to impeach President Otto Perez Molina over his suspected involvement in a corruption scandal known as La Linea. Read more…

Evidence President Was Involved in La Linea

In a shocking new recording, released at the trial of the former vice president for her involvement in Guatemala’s huge graft scandal, President Perez Molina talks conspiratorially about “La Linea.” READ MORE

Blog: Guatemala’s Crisis According to Mayan Teens

By Jeanette Charles

One of the teachers said political activities such as these teach the youth to recognize who is lying to them, so they are not easily deceived. He added, the goal is not to train students to be politicians, but rather, organizers: to make sure they are informed and not lied to in the ways that occur in most schools across the country. READ MORE

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