In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, Guatemala's President-elect Jimmy Morales, a former comedian, gestures during an interview in Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Luis Soto, File)
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Jimmy Morales, a former TV comic elected Guatemala's new president on a wave of public revulsion against widespread graft, was to take office Thursday in a ceremony attended by leaders from the Americas.Morales, 46, was previously best known for a television role as a country bumpkin who nearly becomes president.The FCN-Nacion party was formed by former military officers, some of them linked to atrocities committed during Guatemala's 1960-1996 civil war.Guatemala has still not recovered from the social problems caused by the 36 years of conflict.Most Guatemalans view Morales with fondness as a familiar figure from his 15-year television career on a program he produced with his brother Sammy Morales.
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