In late August Guatemalans elected anti-corruption leader, former diplomat, and member of Congress Bernardo Arévalo as their new president in a historic election. Arévalo's victory over former first lady Sandra Torres was a surprise upset; he was an underdog candidate who faced a number of significant challenges. He will replace right-wing President Alejandro Giammattei when he is inaugurated in January. Government authorities took weeks to certify Arévalo's victory, federal prosecutors are seeking to suspend his party, and his rival Torres has launched court proceedings to try to overturn the election results. Guatemala suffers from rampant corruption, poverty, climate-related food insecurity, and crime. As a result the country is a major source of migrants to the United States. Guatemalans and analysts are hopeful that the Arévalo administration will restore democratic processes and freedoms that had been increasingly constrained by the Giammattei administration.
"Bernardo Arévalo: Anti-Corruption Leader Wins Guatemala Election" - BBC
"Guatemala's President-Elect and His Anti-Corruption Party Face Legal Challenges. Here's What's Happening" - PBS
"Anti-Corruption Candidate Scores Landslide Win in Guatemala Vote" - Washington Post
"The implications of Sunday’s vote go well beyond this coffee-exporting country of 17 million, one of the poorest in Latin America. Guatemala is a major source of irregular migration to the United States and is a significant pipeline for Colombian cocaine bound for the U.S. market. The Biden administration took office pledging to combat corruption and support a stronger rule of law in Central America, as a way to deter migration. But in Guatemala, as well as Nicaragua and El Salvador, democratic institutions including an independent judiciary have eroded."