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Guatemala certifies result of Aug. 11 presidential vote, calling into question Trump deal

Alejandro Giammattei, presidential candidate of the Vamos party, casts his vote during general elections in Guatemala City, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Guatemalans vote for their next president Sunday in elections plagued by widespread disillusion and distrust, and as thousands of their compatriots flee poverty and gang violence to seek a new life in the United States. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — 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.

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.