Ex-general leads in Guatemala presidential vote
Saturday, November 5, 2011
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The Guatemala election tribunal says a former general who promised law and order has a strong lead over a tycoon-turned-political populist with most of the vote counted.
Preliminary results say Otto Perez Molina, 61, a retired general from the right-wing Patriotic Party, leads Manuel Baldizon, 41, of the Democratic Freedom Revival party, by more than 10 points with more than 75 percent of the vote counted.
Polls showed Perez ahead by that margin going into election day. While many predicted the race would be much closer, analysts also said a small turnout would favor Perez.
The turnout was less than 50 percent.