Guatemala's President-elect Jimmy Morales (C), his wife Gilda Marroquin (L) and his running mate Jafeth Cabrera pose for photographs after winning the presidential election in Guatemala City, October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
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Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian who has never held office, swept to power in Guatemala's presidential election Sunday after milking public anger over a corruption scandal that deepened distrust of the country's political establishment.The 46-year-old Morales overwhelmingly beat center-left rival and former first lady Sandra Torres in a run-off vote despite his lack of government experience and some policy ideas that strike many as eccentric. Morales was already a household name following a 14-year stint on a popular TV comedy and the self-proclaimed centrist from a humble background wooed voters with promises to tackle corruption and hand out millions of smartphones to children.Back in April, he barely registered in opinion polls but he soon surged as both Perez's government and a candidate who was then leading the presidential race became mired in corruption probes.Morales said late Sunday that he would not stand in the way of any probes of his own government.
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