The 1995 Election in Guatemala

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Guatemala: A Test for Democratization
The Democracy Backgrounder, November 1995. In recent years, the previously prevalent concerns about military coups and fraudulent elections have been replaced by concerns about the high abstention rates. Despite an intensive civic education and get-out-the-vote campaign, only 46.5 percent of the registered voters cast ballots in Guatemala's recent presidential election on November 12 1995. Perspective of a U.S. NGO.
The FDNG is preparing to commemorate the October Revolution and the return of Jacobo Arbenz to his homeland
Press release of the Frente Democratico Nueva Guatemala (FDNG), 16 October 1995. The Frente Democratico Nueva Guatemala (FDNG) has decided to participate in the electoral process.
Peace Talks and Elections
By Peace Brigades International, October 1995. World Bank trying to steer the peace negotations between the government and guerillas by making loans conditional on their provisions. Also ASC effort to delay negotiations until military personnel and human rights abusers have had a chance to escape to the US. Looking forward to the election.
Elections Special: Campaign in Final Stretch
From the Cerigua Weekly Briefs, 27 October 1995.
Swiss Election Observers' Report
Guatemala City, 6 November 1995. Preliminary report on eve of November 12th election.
FNDG leaders Threatened
By Guatemala Human Rights Commission, 8 November 1995. New Guatemala Democratic Front (FDNG) leaders reportedly threatened on eve of election.
Vote for the only democratic alternative
Press release by the Frente Democratico Nueva Guatemala, 10 November 1995.
The electoral process showed grave anomalies which have created serious doubts among the population
Press release by the Frente Democratico Nueva Guatemala, 16 November 1995.
PAN Wins, Democratic Left Makes Gains in Elections
From Cerigua Weekly Briefs, 16 November 1995.
Central America Update, 1–15 January 1996. Pro-business, conservative Alvaro Arzu Irigoyen of the National Advancement Party (PAN) is elected president. Popular concern for law and order. Low turnout and the stand of Catholic Church.
Supreme Electoral Tribunal
Press release of 17 November 1995. Official report on the November 12th election. Runoff is set for 7 January 1996. Neoliberal National Advancement Party's (PAN) Alvaro Arz won, but will have to face January runoff with far-right Guatemalan Republican Front's Alfonso Portillo.