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Morales, Jimmy

Morales, Jimmy, 1969–, Guatemalan political leader, b. Guatemala City as James Ernesto Morales Cabrera, grad. Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. A popular television comedian, he entered politics and in 2013 joined the small, conservative National Convergence Front (FCN) and became the party's secretary general. Considered a political outsider, he was the FCN's presidential candidate in 2015. Running on an anticorruption platform, he won election after a runoff. In 2017 he was accused by corruption investigators of involvement in illegal campaign financing, but the Guatemalan congress did not lift his immunity from prosecution.

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