On August 11 Guatemala elected Alejandro Giammattei as President. While he came second in the first round of the June 16 presidential election with less than 15% of the vote, he won the run-off election against former first lady Sandra Torres with almost 58% of the vote. Here’s what you need to know.

The rundown

Party - Vamos party

Economic stance - Maintain economic model, attracting foreign investment

Tax policy - Mixed viewpoints: austerity measures and raising the tax burden

Trade policy - Incentives for exports and strengthening trade relations including with the People’s Republic of China

Security policy - Hardline approach: reform of the penitentiary system and the National Police (PNC)



  • Adriana Thomas Associate Analyst

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