General Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes, is a fairly popular choice as Guatemala's new President - considering the fervour and diversity of the electorate during the elections of Jan 19.
SV INT..PAN..pressmen, at press conference, held by General Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes.
LV Ydigoras Fuentes addresses press
LV Man writes numbers of votes on board
CU Board with voting positions..Ydigoras on top, with 185,124 votes
CU Sign on door, TRIBUNAL ELECTORAL
SCU Man checks votes
SCU Man checks voting forms
LV Military police outside, building where voters are counted
GV PAN..National Congress Building, crowds gathered outside
SV PAN..Armed guards in entrance to Congress Hall, people enter
LV INT..Congress Hall
SV Speaker addresses meeting
LV People in gallery applaud
SCU Another speaker
LV Gallery applaud
LV (THE NEXT DAY) SHOT through door, shows crowds outside gallery building
LV Crowds outside
SBV Group of men talking
SV Military police enter building
LV INT..Several Congress men
SCU President of the Vote-counting Committee addresses meeting
SV Three Congressmen
SCU Presidential candidate lawyer Mario Mendez Montenegro
TSV Congressional Committee hold private meeting
SV Two members
TSV Three members
LV PAN..from sign 'M.D.N.' to door-way
SCU General Ydigoras Fuentes, the new President
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Background: General Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes, is a fairly popular choice as Guatemala's new President - considering the fervour and diversity of the electorate during the elections of Jan 19. None of the four candidates for the Presidency gained an absolute majority (50 per cent plus one vote) so Fuentes was elected only after an eliminating count of votes against his nearest rival Mario Mendez Montenegro of the leftist Partido Revolucionario.
Fuentes' political course is extremely wight wing and none of the unsuccessful candidates, who will now seek concessions from the Presidency in return for congressional support, is communist.
The election was necessitated by the assassination last July of President Castillo Armas who led the army of liberation which ousted the communists three years ago. It speaks volumes of the hazards faced by a South American political leader that Armas was killed by a communist member of the palace guard.