Ex-Comic Inaugurated as New Guatemala President

Ex-Comic Inaugurated as New Guatemala PresidentEx-Comic Inaugurated as New Guatemala President

Guatemalan former TV comedian Jimmy Morales has been inaugurated as the country’s new president.

He was elected in October after huge anti-corruption demonstrations led to the prosecution of a former president and vice president.

Morales has no previous experience in government. In his inaugural address, he promised to fight against corruption.

US Vice President Joe Biden attended the ceremony, BBC reported.

It was the first time in 30 years that such a high-ranking American official was present at a Guatemalan inauguration.

In a wide-ranging speech, Morales praised the anti-corruption movement and said Guatemala was going through a “renaissance”.

He also promised money for health and education. “We want quality education for everyone, which prepares our children for a modern technical world.”

His critics said President Morales gave few clues as to how he was going to fight corruption and how he was going to deal with Guatemala’s high levels of violence, poverty and social inequality.

Last week, legal proceedings began against an aide to Morales who is suspected of human rights abuses related to Guatemala’s long and bloody armed conflict that ended in 1996.

Fourteen former military officers—many supporters of Morales’s party—were arrested on similar charges. Morales has denied links to the former military officials.