Jimmy Morales promises an honest government for Guatemala
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Jimmy Morales promises an honest government for Guatemala

Jimmy Morales, the one-time TV comic newly elected as Guatemala’s next president says he will continue to bolster the investigative bodies that blew the lid on graft scandals.

Morales was elected amid widespread anger over corruption in the Central American country, following a nationwide corruption scandal “La Línea” resulting in the arrest of ex-President Otto Pérez Molina.

In an interview with The Associated Press Morales said that he will turn to those very entities, Guatemalan prosecutors and the U.N. International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, to help vet his proposed Cabinet.

He wants to ensure an honest government in a country where many have long considered that an oxymoron.

Morales will take office on January 14 as a political neophyte who ran as a self-styled outsider. He will come under pressure quickly to show concrete progress on campaign promises to battle corruption and govern with transparency.

See also:

After resignation and imprisonment of former President Pérez Molina, what next for Guatemala?

Why you should care about Guatemala’s corruption scandal