Updated 09:45 AM EDT, Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Jimmy Morales Inaugurated as Guatemala's New President

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Guatemala has just sworn in a new president, and it's none other than Jimmy Morales. According to the Wall Street Journal, the new president is a former television comedian and a noted newcomer in the game of politics. Still, he's had his platforms ready, promising to transform Guatemala's impoverished and violent community though a "dawn of transparency."

The newly elected president, 46, spoke about the anticorruption protests in his inaugural speech, telling the audience at the National Theater in Guatemala City that his government "won't tolerate corruption or theft. Woe to that man who wants to steal the people's money because we will be swift and severe."

He spoke of a few specifics as to how he plans on running the country. He also pointed out the worries that his constituents have been fighting day to day, including child malnutrition and lack of medicine. But, this offered little hope to the country, especially when he pointed out that "there are no magic solutions" to their plaguing problems.

Morales did, however, emphasize his will to attack corruption and poverty, which affects the majority of Guatemala's population. Eurasia Review shared, "I am sure that we do not want to wake up to see the dinosaur of corruption, nor the traditional way of doing politics, or the feuds of those who make a living by dividing us Guatemalans."

However, with a lot of talk and very few concrete plans set to help the ailing Guatemalan economy, it has led to a lot of criticism. The Telegraph UK event went so far as to say that Morales is none other than Guatemala's clown who went on to become president, despite his glaring lack of political experience.

While initially considered as an outsider in the elections race, his simple campaign platform that centers on "God, roots, and labor" and the slogan "neither corrupt nor a thief" showed office frontrunners just how much the Guatemalans distrust the political elite and their never ending cycle of corruption. 

What else is there to know about the 46-year-old Latin American leader? He was raised with humble roots as an Evangelical Christian, and was encouraged by his family to develop commercial skills.

He became a popular comedian in the region and even starred in a popular TV show. It wasn't until 2011 that he decided to take a stab at politics, running as a mayoral candidate for the Right-wing party at Mixco. He lost to Otto Perez Leal, the son of ex-president Otto Perez Molina.

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