Encuentro por Guatemala

Encuentro por Guatemala ("EG")– a Spanish name variously translated as "Encounter for Guatemala" (for example, by the BBC[12] and CNN[13]), or as "Together for Guatemala" (Reuters[14]) – was a Guatemalan political party; encuentro may also translate as "gathering", "meeting", or "union".

Encounter for Guatemala
Encuentro por Guatemala
LeaderNineth Montenegro
Secretary-GeneralNineth Montenegro
Founded2007 (2007)
DissolvedFebruary 27, 2020[1]
Split fromNew Nation Alternative[2]
IdeologyEthnic interests of the Indigenous
Social democracy[3]
Political positionCentre-left[3][6]
Before 2011:
Centre-left[7][8] to left-wing[9][10][11]
ColorsRed and Green
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Its logo is a red circle with four green dots on its circumference, representing the coming together of the four peoples that make up the Guatemalan nationality: Mayas, Garifunas, Xincas and Ladinos.


Foundation and early splitsEdit

The party was founded in 2007, in the run-up to that year's 9 September general election. Its presidential candidate was Rigoberta Menchú, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning indigenous activist, running on a ticket with businessman Luis Fernando Montenegro as her vice-presidential hopeful. They secured 3.09% of the popular vote.

In the Congressional election held on the same day, the party fared somewhat better, receiving 6.17% of the popular vote, which was enough to secure them four national-list deputies in Congress for the 2008–12 legislative period: Armando Sánchez Gómez, Rodolfo Aníbal García, Nineth Montenegro and Otilia Lux. Subsequently, only Nineth Montenegro has remained with the party; the other three deputies have left Encounter for Guatemala to operate as independents. Rodolfo Aníbal García has since formed a new political party, the New Republic Movement (Movimiento Nueva República (MNR)). Rigoberta Menchú has gone on to form the Winaq political party. Both MNR and WInaq participated in the 2011 elections as part of the Broad Leftist Front (Frente Amplio de Izquierda).

Shift to the rightEdit

For the 2011 elections, Encuentro formed a political alliance with center-right ViVa, another political party; its presidential and vice-presidential candidates were Harold Caballeros and Efraín Medina, with party leader Nineth Montenegro leading the list of legislative candidates. The alliance between the two parties eventually broke up and the party ran on its own again in 2015, receiving 6.35% of the national vote for the legislature, while its presidential ticket with José Ángel López and Peter Lamport fared significantly worse garnering only 0.91% of the vote.

Electoral decline and closureEdit

In the 2019 election, the party chose Manfredo Marroquín as its presidential candidate. He came in fourteenth place with 1.15% of the vote. In the Legislative Election, the party won 1.79% of the vote and no seats in Congress. Having failed to secure the minimum of 5% of the popular vote or one seat in Congress, Encuentro por Guatemala forfeited its registration as a party.

Election resultsEdit

Congress of the RepublicEdit

Election Votes % Seats +/– Status
2007 194,809 6.18 (#5) [a]
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  4 Opposition
2011 345,709 7.88 (#6) [b]
6 / 158
  2 Opposition
2015 289,646 6.35 (#6)
7 / 158
  1 Opposition
2019 71,668 1.78 (#20)
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  7 Extra-parliamentary

President of the Republic of GuatemalaEdit

Election Candidates First round Second round Status
President Vice President Votes % Votes %
2007 Rigoberta Menchú Luis Fernando Montenegro 100,365 3.06 (#7) [a] - - Lost
2011 Harold Caballeros Efraín Medina 277,365 6.23 (#5) [b] - - Lost
2015 José Ángel López Peter Lamport 43,916 0.91 (#12) - - Lost
2019 Manfredo Marroquín Oscar Adolfo Morales 50,594 1.16 (#14) - - Lost


  1. ^ a b In alliance with Winaq.
  2. ^ a b In alliance with ViVa.


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  13. ^ Crime, immigration issues dominate Guatemala debate - CNN.com
  14. ^ Reuters AlertNet - Ex-general gains in Guatemala election polls

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