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Ernesto Jafeth Cabrera Franco (Guatemala City, 16 November 1951) is a Guatemalan politician who is Vice President of Guatemala since 14 January 2016.

Early life and career

Cabrera studied at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, where he obtained a degree in medical surgery. He was Rector of the University between 1994 and 1998.[1]

Political career

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.[1]

In May 2015, Caberera was announced as the National Convergence Front candidate for the office of Vice President for the 2015 elections. He was attached to Jimmy Morales as presidential candidate.[2]

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.[3]

On 6 November 2015 Cabrera was officially declared as Vice President-elect by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Guatemala.[4]

Personal life

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.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Quién es Jafeth Cabrera" (in Spanish). Canal Antigua. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jafeth Cabrera, exrector de la USAC, vuelve a la política" (in Spanish). Siglo21. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Lourdes Hércules (23 September 2015). "Jafeth Cabrera: 500 años de crisis por conquista española" (in Spanish). Guatevision. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Morales y Jafet Cabrera son declarados Presidente y Vicepresidente electos" (in Spanish). El Periodico. 6 November 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hijo del vicepresidente electo, Jafeth Cabrera, no podrá asumir como diputado" (in Spanish). 26 October 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Alfonso Fuentes
Vice President of Guatemala
2016-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent