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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 05:24 PM

From lewd jokes to presidency

From lewd jokes to presidency
October 1 2015 at 08:17pm
By Akexander Alper

Guatemala City - For years, Guatemalan comedian Jimmy Morales earned a living cracking bawdy jokes on TV, riffing on eating condoms and the perils of being ravished by a bull. Now he looks set to become the troubled Central American country's next president.

Running on an anti-corruption ticket, Morales rode a wave of public anger over a multi-million dollar customs scandal that led to the arrest of President Otto Perez last month, and he won the first round of voting on September 6.

Wooing crowds with tales of his humble upbringing and pledges to hand out millions of smartphones to children, the 46-year-old former comic actor is hot favourite to win an October 25 run-off against leftist former first lady Sandra Torres.

“He got my vote because I haven't heard him being accused of anything bad,” said 54-year-old builder Nolberto Domingo.


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