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Sandra Torres Accuses Jimmy Morales of Receiving Funding from "La Linea"

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemalan Presidential candidate Sandra Torres, of National Unity of Hope, or UNE party, Wednesday accused her rival, Jimmy Morales of receiving funding for his election campaign from ex-military 'friends' implicated in the customs corruption case 'La Linea.'

Torres,59, who is also the former first lady (2008-2011), during a presidential debate expressed the need to "clarify" the source of funding for election campaigns.

"What he (Morales) has not clarified is that behind him are questionable military officers declared as his financiers," and who are already being investigated by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, or TSE, the country's highest electoral authority.

In the massive customs corruption case former President Otto Perez Molina and former Vice President Roxana Baldetti have also been implicated.

Morales, 46, who belongs to National Convergence Front, a party founded by former military officers, said that all parties have military members in them, including UNE.

Morales, who is also a comedian, said that this "is not a sin" because such people have the "freedom" to participate.

He added that although his party is founded and financed by ex military, the accusations are not only false but also cowardly.

Morales and Torres will face off in the second electoral round Sunday, Oct. 25, and the winner will assume Guatemalan presidency on Jan.14.

 

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