Jimmy Morales wins by a huge margin after running as an anti-corruption crusader, though some question whether he is really the political outsider he claims to be.
Candidate Jimmy Morales is a former TV comedian with little political experience and a manifesto that runs just six pages, but polls show he'll likely win the election as the country recovers from recent corruption scandal.
Jimmy Morales has become the runaway favourite to win elections on October 25 thanks to his image as a political outsider, but critics say his party is steeped in Guatemala's military past.
Jimmy Morales — a former comedian known for performing in blackface — received the largest majority of votes and will participate in a run-off with another candidate in October.
Guatemalans are headed to the polls to elect a new leader just three days after a scandal forced ex-president Otto Perez Molina to resign and landed him in jail.
Among the most prominent candidates in the September 6 election is a nationalist actor who invokes God and the daughter of a former military dictator accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. Protesters want to postpone the vote.