Alejandro Giammattei

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Alejandro Giammattei
Alejandro Giammattei 2019 (cropped).jpg
Giammattei in 2019
President-elect of Guatemala
Assuming office
14 January 2020
Vice PresidentGuillermo Castillo (elect)
SucceedingJimmy Morales
Personal details
Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla

(1956-03-09) 9 March 1956 (age 63)
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Political partyVamos
Spouse(s)Rosana Cáceres

Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla (born 9 March 1956) is a Guatemalan politician and former director of the Guatemalan Penitentiary System in 2006. He participated in Guatemala's presidential elections in 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019.[1][2] After winning the second round of the 2019 presidential election, he became the current President-elect of Guatemala.[3] Giammattei will assume office on January 14, 2020.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

Alejandro Giammattei participated in elections in 1985, 1988, and 1990 as general coordinator of the electoral processes. He gained recognition at both the national and international level under the orders of former Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala Arturo Herbruger Asturias. Giammattei has been recognized as a consultant to several companies and private services since 2000.[6] After the great failure with the mayoral elections, he was appointed director of the Guatemalan Penitentiary System in 2006. After he took office, he had several conflicts and accusations about the Pavorreal case, leading to his incarceration for a short time. He ceased to be director of the Penitentiary System in 2008 after the election of President.[7]

Giammattei has had three appearances in the general elections for President of Guatemala. The first was in 2007, with the then Official Party Great National Alliance GANA with strong participation. The second was in 2011 with the Social Action Center Party but with many difficulties, which caused the Party to be dissolved due to not reaching the minimum percentage of votes required by the TSE. In the elections of 2015, he joined the presidency with the FUERZA party.[8]

Giammattei became the presidential candidate for the Vamos party in the 2019 presidential elections. He lost the first round on June 16, 2019 with 13.95% of the vote, but won the second round against Sandra Torres on August 11, 2019 with 57.96% of the vote.

Political views[edit]

Giammattei has vowed to bring back the death penalty to help "crush violent gangs, fight poverty to stop migration and end 'disgusting' corruption."[9] He is also stands against both same sex marriage and abortion, and supports using the military for civilian security.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Alejandro Giammattei has been married to Rosana Cáceres since February 11 1989, and they have three children: Marcela, Estéfano and Alejandro Giammattei.[6]

He cites Mahatma Gandhi as his most admired world figure.[12]

Giammattei suffers from multiple sclerosis and uses crutches in order to walk.[13]


  1. ^ "Elecciones Guatemala 2011". 3 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Biografía « Alejandro Giammattei | Presidente 2012 – 2016". 30 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Guatemala conservative wins presidential election: electoral tribunal". Reuters. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  4. ^ Alejandro Giammattei, a Conservative, Wins Guatemala’s Presidency
  5. ^ Conservative Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemalan presidency
  6. ^ a b "Alejandro Giammattei". 2 January 2012.
  7. ^, Cubaencuentro com & Manuel Desdin. "Álvaro Colom gana la presidencia".
  8. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 25 December 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Corruption tainted Guatemala set to elect new president". Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Alejandro Giammattei: La educación es el mejor anticonceptivo – Prensa Libre" (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Alejandro Giammattei: La educación es el mejor anticonceptivo – Prensa Libre" (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Guatemalans elect Alejandro Giammattei in a lacklustre presidential vote". The Economist. 12 August 2019.
  13. ^