Cabrera's political career started in 1999 when he was one of the founders of the National Unity of Hope with Álvaro Colom. Cabrera left the party shortly afterwards. In 2004 he became Secretary for Agricultural Affairs.
In September 2015 Cabrera announced that he believed that one of the causes Guatemala's problems was to be found in the Spanish colonization of the Americas, stating that if Guatemala had been taken over by another country the problems would not have been so grave.
On 6 November 2015 Cabrera was officially declared as Vice President-elect by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Guatemala.
His son, Jafeth Ernesto Cabrera Cortéz, was elected to the Congress of Guatemala for the National Convergence Front in the 2015 parliamentary elections. He could however not take up his seat due to a law prohibiting relatives of the President and Vice-President from becoming deputies.
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