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Alejandro Giammattei
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Giammattei in 2020
President of Guatemala
Assumed office
14 January 2020
Vice President Guillermo Castillo
Preceded by Jimmy Morales
Personal details
Born
Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla

9 March 1956 (1956-03-09) (age 65)
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Nationality Guatemalan and Italian
Political party Vamos
Spouse(s) Rosana Cáceres (divorced)
Children 3 (including Marcela)

Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla (born 9 March 1956) is a Guatemalan politician who is the incumbent president of Guatemala. He is a former director of the Guatemalan penitentiary system and participated in Guatemala's presidential elections in 2007, 2011, and 2015. He won in the 2019 election and assumed office on January 14, 2020.

Political career

Giammattei was the general coordinator of the electoral processes in 1985, 1988, and 1990. He gained recognition at both the national and international level under the orders of former Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala Arturo Herbruger Asturias.

He has been a consultant to several companies since 2000. After the great failure with the mayoral elections, he was appointed director of the Guatemalan Penitentiary System in 2006. After he took office, he had several conflicts and accusations about the Pavorreal case, leading to his incarceration for a short time. He ceased to be director of the Penitentiary System in 2008.

Giammattei has had three appearances in the general elections for President of Guatemala. The first was in 2007, with the then Official Party Great National Alliance GANA with strong participation. The second was in 2011 with the Social Action Center Party but with many difficulties, which caused the Party to be dissolved due to not reaching the minimum percentage of votes required by the TSE. In the elections of 2015, he joined the presidency with the FUERZA party.

Giammattei became the presidential candidate for the Vamos party in the 2019 presidential elections. He lost the first round on June 16, 2019 with 13.95% of the vote, but won the second round against Sandra Torres on August 11, 2019 with 57.96% of the vote.

On January 14, 2020, Giammattei assumed office as president of the Republic of Guatemala, succeeding Jimmy Morales.

Personal life

Alejandro Giammattei married Rosana Cáceres in February 11 1989 and they have three children: Marcela, Estéfano and Alejandro Giammattei. Alejandro and Rosana were separated by the time Alejandro launched his Presidential campaign in 2019. As result of the divorce, Marcela serves as First Lady of Guatemala. He cites Mahatma Gandhi as his most admired world figure. Giammattei suffers from multiple sclerosis and uses crutches in order to walk.

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