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Guatemalan Ex-General Maintains Lead for Presidency, Poll Shows

October 12, 2011

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Former Guatemalan army general Otto Perez Molina holds close to a 12-point lead ahead of next month’s second round presidential election, according to a poll conducted by Prodatos and published by Prensa Libre.

Perez, who heads the ticket for the Patriot Party, was backed by 55.8 percent of those surveyed, compared with 44.2 percent for Manuel Baldizon of the Renewed Democratic Freedom party, Prensa Libre reported today. Perez won the first round of elections on Sept. 11 with 36 percent of the vote, while Baldizon had 23 percent.

The Oct. 4-8 survey of 1,204 people didn’t list a margin of error. Guatemala’s runoff vote is Nov. 6.

--Editors: Philip Sanders, Richard Jarvie

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