Morales, Jimmy

Morales, Jimmy,

1969–, Guatemalan political leader, b. Guatemala City as James Ernesto Morales Cabrera, grad. Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. A popular television comedian, he entered politics and in 2013 joined the small, conservative National Convergence Front (FCN) and became the party's secretary general. Considered a political outsider, he was the FCN's presidential candidate in 2015. Running on an anticorruption platform, he won election after a runoff. In 2017 he was accused by corruption investigators of involvement in illegal campaign financing, but the Guatemalan congress did not lift his immunity from prosecution. His family and associates also were accused of corruption, and Morales's government subsequently worked to hinder independent corruption investigations and prosecutions, finally ordering them ended in Jan., 2019, although the constitutional court overruled that order.
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Let's not forget the debut offerings of percussionists such as Richie Flores, Jimmy Morales, Jimmy Branly, Jose Madera, Manolito Rodriguez, Michito Sanchez, Robertito Melendez, Papo Rodriguez and Pedro Martinez.
De Miami, el empresario Emilio Estefan llego acompanado de los cantantes Carlos Ponce, Jon Secada y los actores boricuas Esai Morales, Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blues) y Jennifer Lopez.