Alejandro Giammattei will lead the nation that has become the main source of migrants traveling to the border between Mexico and the United States. The representative of the Vamos party obtained 57.95% of the ballots, compared to 42.05% of his contender, the Social Democrat Torres.
The recently elected President of Guatemala will have the task of overseeing the final implementation of the agreement that labeled Guatemala as a “third safe country” by the White House.
Giammattei’s campaign promises
- To tackle unemployment he promised to implement economic policies targeting foreign investment, and tourism.
- Build a “wall of prosperity” to curb emigration.
- Regarding insecurity, he promised to label crimes against a public service, such as attacks on buses by violent street gangs running extortion rackets, as “terrorist” offenses.
- On immigration, he didn’t make solid promises but wants to make changes to the existing deal due to Guatemala’s insecurity and incapacity to process thousands of asylum requests.