Comedian Jimmy Morales wins first round of Guatemalan general elections

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Comedian Jimmy Morales wins first round of Guatemalan general elections

Early results from Guatemala’s presidential election put a comic actor who has campaigned against corruption in the lead.

Jimmy Morales has about 25% of the vote so far, with a centre-right businessman, Manuel Baldizon, on 21%.

If no candidate wins more than half the votes, a second round will be held.

Voting took place on Sunday, days after the resignation and arrest of President Otto Perez Molina over corruption allegations.

A new congress is also being elected.

Many Guatemalans had called for the polls to be postponed in the wake of the allegations.

If, as expected, no candidate wins 50% of the vote, the second round of voting will take place on 25 October.

“Guatemala wants change and to not be governed by people with dark pasts,” said Mr Morales after voting near Guatemala City.

“Guatemala wants to live in peace. Guatemala wants elections,” Mr Baldizon told journalists after casting his vote.