MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19401 posts, RR: 50 Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1439 times:
No candidate receives outright win; runoff to follow on November 4. It seems like a day doesn't go by without some politician or someone related to politics being violently murdered in the runup to the election. Hopefully things will cool off after yesterday.
Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1392 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 2): Maybe the actual election but the period leading up to it was very violent, particularly if you were in any way related to any of the candidates.
The election itself was quite peaceful... hopefully it will stay that way until the second round.
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 3): I hope for the sake of Guatemala that they didn't vote for any of those radical nationalist populists allied with Chávez and Castro.
While I'm not fond of either of the candidates and I'm afraid we'll be royally screwed up for the next 4 years no matter which one is elected , thankfully neither of them is a leftist. In fact, none of the candidates de izquierda reached a significant amount of votes.
Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
LTU932 From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2006, 14296 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1388 times:
Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 4): thankfully neither of them is a leftist. In fact, none of the candidates de izquierda reached a significant amount of votes
That's a good sign. Last year, the elections were a mess because it was too close to call a winner and the votes had to be manually recounted before a winner could be declared. Had that leftist-populist idiot Ottón Solís won, we wouldn't be discussing the referendum on CAFTA here in Costa Rica at all, because Solís is one of those who supports unions and radical groups of farmers and students against CAFTA, even though this country NEEDS CAFTA.