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Top Guatemala Candidates Will Face Presidential Runoff Election - 2003-11-10


The two front runners in Guatemala's presidential elections will face a runoff in December. With nearly all the votes counted from Sunday's election, former Guatemala City mayor Oscar Berger will run against engineer Alvaro Colom.

Former Guatemala City mayor Oscar Berger is in first place after Sunday's voting. But he did not receive more than 50 percent of the vote, which is required to win outright in the first round of voting.

On December 28, he will face-off against engineer Alvaro Colom, who came in roughly 10 points behind him.

Former dictator General Efrain Rios Montt, whose candidacy was the source of much controversy, placed third, and consequently is out of the race.

Despite widespread concern about possible violence in the days leading up to the elections, Guatemalans went to the polls in record-breaking numbers Sunday. Voting was peaceful, except for a few isolated incidents.

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