A former general has won Guatemala's election amid claims of corruption. Now he promises to tackle poverty, improve security and curb drug trafficking in a programme involving other Central American countries. This briefing looks at the top priorities.

FORMER army general Otto Perez Molina has become the first former military officer to be elected President of Guatemala since the country restored democracy in 1986.

And already Mr Perez Molina’s victory has been questioned and repudiated by several observers.

Accusations of vote buying, illegal last-minute campaign advertising, intimidation, burnin...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
The top issues for Guatemalans, according to a national survey in September, 2011, are insecurity, economics, unemployment, social problems, poorly maintained streets, corruption, gangs, organised crime, and drug-trafficking
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