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World IN BRIEF : GUATEMALA : Evangelist Claims Presidential Victory

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A conservative businessman and evangelist who promises clean and frugal government and an end to rampant crime claimed victory over a newspaper publisher in a presidential runoff. Incomplete results showed Jorge Serrano Elias with a huge lead over publisher Jorge Carpio Nicole in a race that inspired little excitement among voters. In the capital, preliminary returns three hours after the polls closed showed Serrano leading by 232,036 to 91,548 votes with 98% of the ballots counted.


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