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Genocide accused wins presidential elections in Guatemala

A former military general has been elected president of Guatemala.

Otto Perez Molina, of the conservative Patriotic Party, won 56% of the vote, with an election campaign centred on his “iron-fist” approach to rampant crime.

Perez is the first ex-military leader to be chosen to lead the country since the end of military rule in 1986.

During the 36 year long conflict, which ended in 1996, more than 200,000 people, mostly Mayan, were thought to have been killed.

Perez is accused by human rights groups and survivors of being complicit in acts of genocide during his time with the Guatemalan army.

He denies the occurrences of massacres and genocide and has never been charged with any crimes committed during the war.

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