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Unofficial Results Show Party Chief Ahead In Presidential Primary

August 15, 1989

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) _ Unofficial results in Guatemala’s first presidential primary showed Christian Democratic Party chief Alfonso Cabrera was ahead Monday amid charges of fraud from some party members.

Official results have not been released from Sunday’s balloting.

The date for the national presidential election has not been announced but it is expected to be held late this year. President Vinicio Cerezo’s five-year term expires Jan. 14, 1991.

Results broadcast by the Emisoras Unidas radio chain of the primary vote indicated that Cabrera, a congressman and former foreign minister under Cerezo, was ahead. He led Rene de Leon Schlotter, a longtime party leader and former development minister, and Cerezo’s wife, Raquel Blandon de Cerezo who is a lawyer.

Mrs. Cerezo, director of social welfare, has been active in the party but did not openly campaign for the nomination.

The president, a Christian Democrat, has backed Cabrera.

An afternoon newspaper published a full-page advertisement proclaiming Cabrera the elected candidate.

But Schlotter claimed the vote was fraudulent. He said no elections were held in certain towns, some voter registration lists were altered and others were incomplete.

Turnout for the primary was estimated at about 120,000.

In other party primaries, Jorge Carpio Nicolle, founder of the National Union of the Center, and Jorge Serrano Elias of the Joint Action Movement were virtually assured of winning.

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