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Guatemala certifies result of Aug. 11 presidential vote

Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal made it official Thursday: Alejandro Giammattei will be the country's next president.

Tribunal president Julio Solórzano said at a news conference that the results of the Aug. 11 runoff have been certified giving Giammattei the victory.

The court also officially declared César Guillermo Castillo Reyes as vice president-elect.

Guatemala's President-elect Alejandro Giammattei, left, and outgoing President Jimmy Morales, shakes hands after a meeting at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Giammattei, who takes office Jan. 14 for a four-year term, received nearly 58% of the votes compared in Sunday's presidential runoff. (AP PhotoMoises Castillo)

Giammattei, who will begin his four-year term Jan. 14, won about 58% of the 3.2 million votes cast, compared with 42% for former first lady Sandra Torres.