Jimmy Morales was sworn in today as the new president of Guatemala after winning the general elections that took place last year.
The ceremony took place at the Cultural Center Miguel Angel Asturias in the presence of both national and foreign invited guests including Presidents from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow. Also present were vice-presidents of the United States, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
After signing documents based on protocols, Morales gave his speech, containing his first message to the people of his country. He spoke about how he promises to be a great example not only to himself but to his people and to lead them in the best way possible. He stressed that unity is a major factor that needs to be considered along with hard work in order to bring the country forward and that he has a vision to make a change. He also emphasized on his zero tolerance for corruption.
Morales is substituting Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre who took office after former president Otto Perez Molina resigned after being accused of corruption.
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