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Former general Otto Perez Molina wins Guatemalan presidential election

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Patriotic Party presidential candidate, Otto Perez Molina, greets supporters celebrating his election victory in Guatemala City on Nov. 7. Perez Molina won 55 percent of the vote, topping Manuel Baldizon, of the Democratic Freedom Revival party, who had 45 percent with 96 percent of the vote counted Sunday night, according to Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

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Supporters of Otto Perez Molina gather during the celebrations in Guatemala City on Nov. 7.

The AP reports from GUATEMALA CITY: 

Retired general and former intelligence director Otto Perez Molina of the conservative Patriotic Party won an easy and early victory on Sunday in a runoff election against tycoon-turned-political populist Manuel Baldizon of the Democratic Freedom Revival party.

Perez, 61, is the first former military leader elected president in Guatemala in the 25 years after the end of brutal military rule.

While that concerns some international groups, Guatemala has a young population. Many don't remember the 36-year war or its 200,000 dead, the vast majority of whom were Mayan and victims of army, police and paramilitary.

Perez has said there were no massacres or genocide. He was never been charged with any atrocities and was one of the army's chief representatives in negotiating the 1996 peace accords. Read the full story.