August 12, 2019 / 1:12 AM / 3 months ago

Guatemalan conservative Giammattei leads presidency race - early results

Alejandro Giammattei, presidential candidate for the "Vamos" political party, arrives at a hotel he is using as his campaign headquarters, in Guatemala City, Guatemala August 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan conservative Alejandro Giammattei took an early lead in Sunday’s presidential election against his centre-left opponent Sandra Torres, preliminary results showed.

According to the electoral tribunal’s website, the former surgeon, who is running for president for the fourth time, had secured over 58% of the vote with returns counted from over 42% of polling stations. Torres had just under 42%.

Reporting by Diego Oré and Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Dave Graham and Bill Rigby

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