Guatemala Reaffirmation

Cerezo is elected President

As he stepped from his bulletproof Mercedes-Benz, cheering well-wishers mobbed President-elect Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo outside the headquarters of his Christian Democratic Party at Guatemala City's Camino Real Hotel. Cerezo, a 42-year-old lawyer, had just been declared the victor in a runoff election for the Guatemalan presidency. The second round of balloting came after national elections last month failed to produce a candidate with a majority. This time Cerezo captured 68% of the vote, soundly defeating his opponent, Newspaper Owner Jorge Carpio Nicolle, 53, of the center-right National Center Union Party. Even Christian Democratic Party leaders were surprised at the size of...

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