Comedian Elected Guatemalan President
He promises free smartphones, anti-corruption drive
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2015 12:33 AM CDT
Jimmy Morales and his wife, Hilda Patricia Morales, show their inked fingers after casting their votes.   (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
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(Newser) – Guatemalans are hoping the joker they just elected will be better than the crook they just got rid of. Jimmy Morales, a TV comedian with no political experience, has been elected president with a whopping 72% of the vote, defeating former first lady Sandra Torres, reports the BBC, which notes that one of Morales' most famous roles is that of a bumbling cowboy who accidentally becomes president. The 46-year-old told supporters Sunday night that he would make it a priority to wipe out the corruption that put his predecessor and his deputy in jail. His manifesto is a little light on details, Reuters reports, though some of his more eccentric proposals include giving smartphones to every child in the country.

 

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