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Comedian Jimmy Morales Wins Guatemala's Presidential Election

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Jimmy Morales gestures to supporters after winning Guatemala's presidential election early Monday. JORGE DAN LOPEZ / Reuters Jimmy Morales gestures to supporters after winning Guatemala's presidential election early Monday. JORGE DAN LOPEZ / Reuters

A former first lady has conceded defeat to TV comedian Jimmy Morales in Guatemala's presidential runoff.  Morales is also claiming victory in Sunday's vote.

           

Running vote-counts from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal have shown Morales in a commanding lead throughout the evening with about 70 percent to Sandra Torres' 30 percent.

           

Morales' victory comes a month-and-a-half after then-President Otto Perez Molina resigned and was jailed in connection with a customs graft scandal.

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