Grand National Alliance (Guatemala)

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Grand National Alliance
Gran Alianza Nacional
Founded30 August 2002 (as a political alliance)
26 June 2005 (as a political party)
Dissolved28 September 2018[1]
Headquarters6ª. Avenida 3-44 Zona 9, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Central American integration[2]
Political positionCentre-right to right-wing[2]
Colors   Blue and red

The Grand National Alliance (Spanish: Gran Alianza Nacional, GANA) was a right-wing[3] conservative[4][5] political party in Guatemala. The acronym "GANA" also spells out the word gana, from the verb ganar, "to win".

Formation and 2003 election[edit]

GANA was created as an electoral alliance to fight the 2003 general election. In that election, held on 9 November 2003, the Grand National Alliance, won 24.3% of the vote, and 47 out of 158 seats in Congress. The presidential candidate of the alliance, Óscar Berger Perdomo, won 34.3% at the presidential elections of the same day. He won 54.1% at the second round on 28 December 2003 and was elected president.

The alliance was made up of the following parties:

Evolution and 2007 election[edit]

The Patriotic Party broke with the alliance in the early months of Óscar Berger's administration. [1] In November 2005, the National Solidarity Party ceded its electoral registration to GANA, with which the Grand National Alliance ceased to be an alliance and became a political party. In August 2006, the Reform Movement withdrew its support from GANA. [2]

GANA's candidate in the 2007 presidential election was former director of the national prison service Alejandro Giammattei. He came in third place in the election, with 17% of the vote. Despite the splits in the party, it did relatively well in the congressional elections, receiving 37 seats and becoming the second largest party in Congress.

In 2017 the party was renamed Crecer (Grow) and its colours were changed to yellow and green. It was dissolved in September 2018.[1]

Election results[edit]

Congress of the Republic[edit]

Election Votes % Seats +/– Status
2003 620,121 24.30 (#1) [a]
40 / 158
Increase 40 Government
2007 521,600 16.54 (#2) [b]
37 / 158
Decrease 10 Opposition
2011 985,610 22.47 (#2) [c]
39 / 158
Increase 2 Opposition

President of the Republic of Guatemala[edit]

Election Candidates First round Second round Status
President Vice President Votes % Votes %
2003 Óscar Berger Eduardo Stein 921,233 34.33 (#1) [a] 1,235,303 54.13 (#1) Won
2007 Alejandro Giammattei Alfredo Vila Girón 565,017 17.23 (#3) [b] - - Lost
2011 Sandra Torres[c] Roberto Díaz-Durán Disqualified


  1. ^ a b As a political alliance containing PP, MR and PSN.
  2. ^ a b As a political party continuing the PSN.
  3. ^ a b In alliance with UNE.


  1. ^ a b TSE empieza proceso de cancelación del partido Gana Prensa Libre
  2. ^ a b c d Casalprim, Eva (July 2015). "Guatemala: Political parties" (PDF). European Parliament. European Parliamentary Research Service. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  3. ^ González, Pablo (2014), "Guatemala", Handbook of Central American Governance, Routledge, p. 406
  4. ^ Carmack, Robert M. (2008), "Perspectives on the Politics of Human Rights in Guatemala", Human Rights in the Maya Region: Global Politics, Cultural Contentions, and Moral Engagements, Duke University Press, p. 61
  5. ^ Isaacs, Anita (2006), "Guatemala", Countries at the Crossroads: A Survey of Democratic Governance 2006, Rowman & Littlefields, p. 146

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