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Guatemalans brace for presidential election violence

Many Guatemalans fear violence and intimidation when the country elects a new president and congress on Sunday, with former dictator Efrain Rios Montt casting an ominous shadow over voting. The 77-year-old general ran the country for two years during the 1960-1996 civil war, in which 150,000 were killed and another 50,000 left missing. The central American state still has the scars. About 48,000 police and troops were deployed nationwide to ensure a peaceful election, Defense Minister Robin Moran said. Hundreds of international observers from the Organization of American States (OAS), European Union and United States will also be watching. Observers say fraud is unlikely, but few of Guatemala’s 11 million residents are reassured. Full Story

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