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Óscar José Rafael Berger Perdomo was born on 11 August 1946 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He is the current President of Guatemala. August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Guatemala City (in full, La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción; locally known as Guatemala or, informally, Guate) is the capital and largest city of Guatemala. ... The Republic of Guatemala is a country in Central America, in the south of the continent of North America, bordering both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. ... The President of Guatemala has been the usual title of the leader of Guatemala since 1851, when that title was assumed by José Rafael Carrera, who had been acting as head of government as general and Caudillo since 1840. ...


His family were a part of the upper class with large sugar and coffee holdings. His father is a Mennonite. He graduated in law from the private, Jesuit Rafael Landívar University. In 1967 he married Wendy Widmann, also from a land owning Guatemalan family. From the mid seventies he ran a successful skittles parlor. In 1985 he joined Álvaro Arzú's successful campaign to become Guatemala city mayor. From January 1991 to June 1999, he was Mayor himself. This article deals with sugar as food and as an important, widely traded commodity; the word also has other uses; see Sugar (disambiguation) A sugar is a form of carbohydrate; the most commonly used sugar is a white crystalline solid, sucrose; used to alter the flavor and properties (mouthfeel, perservation... Coffee beans and a cup of coffee Coffee as a drink, usually served hot, is prepared from the roasted seeds (beans) of the coffee plant. ... The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptist denominations based on the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons. ... The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu), commonly known as the Jesuits, is a Roman Catholic religious order. ... Skittles is a centuries old European target sport, from which Ten-pin bowling in the United States, and Five-pin bowling in Canada are descended. ... A mayor (Latin maīor better) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ...


In the general election held on November 9, 2003, Berger was candidate for the conservative Grand National Alliance after being persuaded out of a retirement spent farming to return to politics. He obtained 34% of the votes, putting him well ahead of Álvaro Colom of the National Union of Hope (26%) and former president Efraín Ríos Montt of the Guatemalan Republican Front (19%). A General Election was held in Guatemala on 9 November 2003. ... November 9 is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 52 days remaining. ... The Grand National Alliance (Spanish:Gran Alianza Nacional (GANA)) is a political party in Guatemala. ... The National Union of Hope (Spanish:Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza) is a political party in Guatemala. ... The Guatemalan Republican Front (Spanish:Frente Republicano Guatemalteco (FRG)) is a political party in Guatemala. ...


A run-off vote between Berger and Colom took place on December 28, 2003, which Berger won with a 54% share of the vote. He was sworn in on January 14, 2004. December 28 is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 3 days remaining. ... January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also: Politics of Guatemala, List of political parties in Guatemala. (See Guatemala election, 2003) Government Guatemalas 1985 constitution provides for a separation of powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. ... Political parties in Guatemala lists political parties in Guatemala. ...

Preceded by:
Alfonso Antonio Portillo Cabrera
Presidents of Guatemala Succeeded by:
(Incumbent)

Categories: Stub | 1951 births | Presidents of Guatemala ... The President of Guatemala has been the usual title of the leader of Guatemala since 1851, when that title was assumed by José Rafael Carrera, who had been acting as head of government as general and Caudillo since 1840. ...

External links

  • Alertnet coverage (http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N10212574.htm)
  • BBC coverage (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3256721.stm)

 
 

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