After President Otto Perez resigns over his link to a corruption scandal and is jailed, Guatemalans start voting to elect their new leader. Sharon Reich reports.
Still reeling from a corruption scandal that has pushed the country into its worst political crisis in decades, Guatemalans head to the polls to elect a new leader. Former President Otto Perez resigned three days ago, and is in jail while a judge weighs charging him over a customs racket that prosecutors say has taken millions of dollars from the national treasury. Voter anger over corruption has helped little-known comedian Jimmy Morales surge in opinion polls, while the three main contenders have vowed a crackdown on corruption. If, as expected, no candidate wins more than half of the votes cast by Guatemala's 7.5 million registered voters, the top two will face a run-off on Oct. 25th.