GUATEMALA – When Guatemalans headed to the polling stations on Sunday, two of the candidates who until recently had been tipped as favorites to win will not be on the ballot papers.
Both the former attorney-general, Thelma Aldana, and Zury Ríos, the daughter of the late military ruler, Efraín Ríos Montt, were barred from running for presidency and another candidate was arrested in Miami on suspicion of conspiring to import cocaine to the United States.
If no candidate gets more than 50% in the first round on June 16, the top two candidates will go to a second round on Aug. 11.
Nineteen candidates are competing for the presidency, down from the original 24. (BBC)