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January 7, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A conservative businessman and evangelist who promises clean and frugal government and an end to rampant crime claimed victory over a newspaper publisher in a presidential runoff. Incomplete results showed Jorge Serrano Elias with a huge lead over publisher Jorge Carpio Nicole in a race that inspired little excitement among voters. In the capital, preliminary returns three hours after the polls closed showed Serrano leading by 232,036 to 91,548 votes with 98% of the ballots counted.
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January 23, 1993 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict, Guatemalan President Jorge Serrano has taken his peace plan on the road. Serrano is calling for an immediate cease-fire with leftist guerrillas and has invited the United Nations to inspect human rights in his country. This week, he began seeking international backing for his proposal, which follows a months-long impasse in the negotiations aimed at ending Guatemala's civil war.
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January 8, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The Guatemalan Electoral Tribunal declared Jorge Serrano Elias winner of a presidential runoff election Monday, paving the way for the first succession of one elected civilian president by another elected civilian in the nation's history. Electoral Tribunal President Arturo Herbruger told reporters that Serrano is the "future president of Guatemala."
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September 19, 1991 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the image of Guatemala as a massive violator of human rights has drawn world attention in recent years, almost as troubling is the nation's growing corruption, an infestation of special privilege that has reached to the top of the armed forces and into the highest ranks of government. The most important question facing President Jorge Serrano "is how much he is interested in fighting corruption," said Gen. Hector Gramajo, the retired minister of defense and former army chief of staff.
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January 23, 1993 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict, Guatemalan President Jorge Serrano has taken his peace plan on the road. Serrano is calling for an immediate cease-fire with leftist guerrillas and has invited the United Nations to inspect human rights in his country. This week, he began seeking international backing for his proposal, which follows a months-long impasse in the negotiations aimed at ending Guatemala's civil war.
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September 19, 1991 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the image of Guatemala as a massive violator of human rights has drawn world attention in recent years, almost as troubling is the nation's growing corruption, an infestation of special privilege that has reached to the top of the armed forces and into the highest ranks of government. The most important question facing President Jorge Serrano "is how much he is interested in fighting corruption," said Gen. Hector Gramajo, the retired minister of defense and former army chief of staff.
NEWS
January 15, 1991 | Associated Press
President Jorge Serrano on Monday became the first democratically elected Guatemalan civilian to succeed another, and he promised to fight the country's economic crisis and to end its long guerrilla war. "We are seeking total peace and not a simple truce or cease-fire, conscious that the simple absence of conflict does not guarantee peace if the causes that motivated it remain," Serrano said in his inaugural speech.
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September 19, 1991 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It never seems to end. Day after day, year after year, Guatemala is awash in murder, torture, kidnaping and fear, whether the government is in the hands of power-grabbing generals or elected civilians. The statistics are appalling. As of the end of August, at least 548 people had been killed this year in political violence and 114 others had been kidnaped. Another 124 people had been attacked, tortured or threatened for political reasons.
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January 7, 1991 | From Associated Press
Guatemalans chose Sunday between a newspaper publisher and an evangelical Protestant for their next president. But after a bitter runoff campaign, many appeared to have stayed away from the polls. The race had become a personality contest between publisher Jorge Carpio Nicole, 58, of the National Center Union and Jorge Serrano Elias, 45, of the rightist Solidarity Action Movement, who has been identified with one of Guatemala's last dictators.
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November 12, 1990 | From Associated Press
A conservative, born-again Christian jumped to an early lead in Guatemala's presidential election today, but it appeared that the contest would have to be decided by a runoff in January. Jorge Serrano Elias, 45, whose resume ranges from close collaboration with one of Guatemala's last dictators to a stint on a national commission promoting democracy and peace talks with leftist rebels, led with 28.09% of the vote with about 21% of the total counted.
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September 19, 1991 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It never seems to end. Day after day, year after year, Guatemala is awash in murder, torture, kidnaping and fear, whether the government is in the hands of power-grabbing generals or elected civilians. The statistics are appalling. As of the end of August, at least 548 people had been killed this year in political violence and 114 others had been kidnaped. Another 124 people had been attacked, tortured or threatened for political reasons.
NEWS
January 15, 1991 | Associated Press
President Jorge Serrano on Monday became the first democratically elected Guatemalan civilian to succeed another, and he promised to fight the country's economic crisis and to end its long guerrilla war. "We are seeking total peace and not a simple truce or cease-fire, conscious that the simple absence of conflict does not guarantee peace if the causes that motivated it remain," Serrano said in his inaugural speech.
NEWS
January 8, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The Guatemalan Electoral Tribunal declared Jorge Serrano Elias winner of a presidential runoff election Monday, paving the way for the first succession of one elected civilian president by another elected civilian in the nation's history. Electoral Tribunal President Arturo Herbruger told reporters that Serrano is the "future president of Guatemala."
NEWS
January 7, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A conservative businessman and evangelist who promises clean and frugal government and an end to rampant crime claimed victory over a newspaper publisher in a presidential runoff. Incomplete results showed Jorge Serrano Elias with a huge lead over publisher Jorge Carpio Nicole in a race that inspired little excitement among voters. In the capital, preliminary returns three hours after the polls closed showed Serrano leading by 232,036 to 91,548 votes with 98% of the ballots counted.
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September 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Panama on Saturday rejected a request to give asylum to Vladimiro Montesinos, a shadowy former spy chief suspected in a bribery scandal that quashed Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's plans to remain in power. Panama has provided asylum to some of Latin America's most disgraced and reviled former leaders, but it apparently drew the line at accepting Montesinos, whom Peruvian opposition leaders want tried.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1994 | RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, whose brother, father and mother were murdered by the Guatemalan army, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.
Juana is a Kanjobal indigenous woman from the Guatemalan highlands. Her life is a testament to the pain suffered by the Guatemalan Mayans, of the tortured cadavers, the razed towns and the disappearances. After a number of her relatives were assassinated and she received threats, Juana fled her native land. Juana currently resides in the United States. She lives in constant fear of deportation--which for her could mean death.
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