Guatemala Will Now Be a Social Democrat Country

Guatemala Will Now Be a Social Democrat Country

As of 22 hours local time of Sunday 4th of November, Guatemala’s Electoral Supreme Tribunal or Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) in Spanish has declared the Socal-Democrat Alvaro Colom as the new elected president of Guatemala. You can see the live results at the Tribunal Supremo Electoral web site. The result were 52.76% (1,409, 990) for Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) the Social Democrat party; Alvaro Colom’s party and 47.24% (1,262,680) for Partido Patriota (PP) which postulated Ex-General Otto Pérez Molina; this results as of 23 hours.

The second round of the 2007 elections (first round was on September 9th) had a low participation, but were swift and without any violence. In La Antigua Guatemala you could into one of the voting centers and cast your ballot under three minutes.

This is the sixth time since 1985 that Guatemalans elect a president by popular vote. And this is the first time Guatemala left the conservative right wing. Beginning January 14th, Guatemala will be considered a Social-Democrat country and it will be inline with most of the countries of the American Continent. Guatemala will be turning green with hope of a better future; green because is the color of the party of Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza and hope because that is what Esperanza means. Let’s hope this new turn and focus will be more inclusive and responsive to the needs of the masses. Let’s hope too that this time around the empire and its intelligence means will let us be what we have decided with our democratic elections. Let’s not have another 1954 ever again.

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  • Rudy, are you forgetting or not considering the DCG government of Vinicio Cerezo of the second half of the 80s as Social Democrat? I will repeat a comment I posted on another blog but in Spanish: The interesting thing is that the winner in La Capital (and in La Antigua, and in Xela, i.e. the “urban centres”) didn’t win. Does this mean that this will be a “rural” government?
    About the picture… Would I be forced to turn right?

  • Parabéns.


  • Jerry T

    Well, you made me think this morning. I followed your links, and now you have me thinking. Thanks for the work you do. It makes my mind sharper, and introduces new ideas to me. I will ponder this political info. Hmmm….

  • LD

    Don’t you think your viraje obligado should be going to the left? Vamos a ver.

  • Manolo, I believe Vinicio Cerezo’s Democracia Cristiana Guatemalteca (DCG) was more right wing party, more conservative than la Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE). Nonetheless, DCG was necessary for the transition from the military governments towards the civil governments, but I don’t think the military then would have handed the power over to a party like the UNE. Remember Colom Argueta?

    About the viraje obligado sign, please see the response to LD. 😉

    María, para bien esperemos.

    Jerry T, there is a reason for everything we live today, you and I. You in the U.S. and I in Guatemala suffered or live the consequences of decisions taken long time ago. The large immigrations we live today have their causes in many factors, including political interference and undermining of democratic processes. There’s a lot to dig up still. But one byte at time is better.

    LD, you are right about viraje obligado to the left, I just did not have one such image in my photobank (fototeca para ti canchita) and I did not want to mess with the image in photoshop. Well, you get the meaning with the caption; I hope.

  • Rudy, I wish all Guatemalans well under this new leadership. Personally, I was never a big fan of the Bergers. The President’s wife Wendy Berger was just in the USA (Utah)speaking about women’s rights in Guatemala (and teaching those rural folks how to quilt, ahem???) and frankly, IMHO she is about as ridiculously dense as they come.

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