Latin America

Meet Alejandro Giammattei, the “Guatemalan Bolsonaro”

Alejandro Giammattei
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. Photo: WikiCommons

The script will be familiar to Brazilians: a country with a struggling economy, a deeply ingrained culture of corruption, and a public perception of worsening public security heads to the polls. Among campaign promises of “draining the swamp,” fighting violence, and even planning to bring back the death penalty, a hard-line right-wing candidate gets elected. With a couple of alterations, this scene could have been Brazil in 2018, but this was how Alejandro Giammattei became president of Guatemala, Central America’s most populous country.

The 63-year-old doctor and former head of the Guatemalan prison system ascended to the highest office...

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