Finally, after about 6+ months of campaigning (4 legally) that was, at the least, not boring, on September 11th Guatemala went to the polls to elect a new president, along with all other offices throughout Guatemala.
In the end, after starting with 14 official parties, several parties formed alliances, so there were officially 10 parties running for president.
|Running out of post space for more signs!|
This, after one candidate was disallowed for trying to disregard the constitution. After fighting it all the way to the Supreme Court and finally losing just a month before the election. This was the current presidents "ex-wife". Ex because the Constitution states that family members of the sitting president cannot legally run. So...after she started campaigning, and realizing this, she divorced her husband "for the good of Guatemala".
Another candidate was disallowed until winning in the courts and being reinstated as a candidate with just 3 weeks before the elections.
|They added more signs here the week after this photo|
There were constant rallies, and marches, loudspeakers blaring the virtues of their respective candidate, protests, threats, mud-slinging, violence and murders, arson and, just in case nobody noticed it was an election year, SIGNS. EVERYWHERE! If there was a post or pole somewhere, it had as many signs on it as would fit. And, if there wasn't a post, they put one in! Or hung the signs over the roads between posts, that were of course covered with signs!
|The best place for signs is in your line of sight for oncoming traffic!|
And now, post election day?
Well, since no one candidate received over 50% of the vote, there will be a run-off on November 6th between the top two candidates.
Manuel Baldizon vs. Otto Perez Molina
At least they are removing all the other signs, so will just be signs for those two now.
Please pray the run-off will be peaceful and that Guatemala will respect the laws.
Pray for safety here, as things overall continue to deteriorate with a bad economy, growing poverty and crime. Pray that God would use all of it to bring Guatemala to the realization that, more than ever, we need God.
Pray that God would use us as instruments in whatever way He chooses to truly be servants here.