Guatemala rights official elected
Monday 07 June 1993
Congress voted almost unanimously for Mr De Leon after his only rival, Arturo Herbruger, president of the electoral tribunal, withdrew. 'I am a democrat who will fight for liberty, but more than anything I will not tolerate violence or injustice,' said Mr De Leon Carpio, who had been placed under house arrest on 25 May after Mr Serrano seized emerency powers.
In Washington, the White House welcomed his election with cautious optimism. 'We are tentatively encouraged by the restoration of democracy and civilian rule in Guatemala,' a spokesman said.
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