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The Latest: Guatemalans vote amid political upheaval

The Latest: Guatemalans vote amid political upheaval

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The latest news as Argentina, Guatemala and Haiti hold votes for the presidency and Colombia for regional offices:

10:50 a.m.

Guatemalans are choosing a president amid political upheaval that forced the last elected leader from office.

Insurance salesman Alexander Pereira was the first to vote Sunday at one polling station.

He says that "the important thing is that the next government avoids corruption."

Comedian and political outsider Jimmy Morales is leading in most polls, ahead of former first lady Sandra Torres.

Former President Otto Perez Molina was forced to resign as he was jailed on corruption charges following mass street protests.

10:25 a.m.

Haitian voters have begun choosing between more than 50 presidential candidates, and the process generally has been orderly so far this morning.

There are some early signs of confusion, though.

At a voting center in Port-au-Prince's Martissant slum, an elections supervisor yelled at dozens of people trying to force their way in: "No voting two times!"

People shouted back that they were being prevented from voting once.

At a polling center in the Petionville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, police gave the unruliest people in line short zaps with a Taser as brief scuffles broke out.

Results aren't expected before late November. And with so many candidates, a Dec. 27 runoff between the top two finishers seems inevitable.

Updated : 2021-09-16 23:22 GMT+08:00