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Guatemalans vote amid a widespread sense of uncertainty and disillusionment

Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times on

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"Immigration is a problem that transcends borders," Torres said on Sunday, as reporters surrounded her at a voting place. "We have to work on the causes of migration, which are violence, poverty, delinquency, lack of political stability."

Outgoing President Jimmy Morales, whose administration has been plagued by corruption allegations, is not on the ballot. Guatemalan law bans presidential reelection.

While voting on Sunday, Morales lamented the ongoing migration of Guatemalans, particularly younger citizens.

"Guatemala also cannot keep on suffering this departure of all this human talent ... all this youth that leaves, and homes that disintegrate," Morales said. "It is necessary to attend to these needs within the country."

Special correspondent Claudia Palacios in Guatemala City and Cecilia Sanchez of The Times' Mexico City bureau contributed to this report.


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