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Guatemala's new president, Alejandro Giammattei, delivers a speech in Guatemala City on Saturday. Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

Guatemala’s electoral tribunal declared conservative Alejandro Giammattei the presidential election winner in a landslide victory Sunday, Reuters reports — but voter turnout was low.

Why it matters: Giammattei inherits an unpopular deal reached with the Trump administration by outgoing President Jimmy Morales, who agreed to make Guatemala a so-called safe third country for migrants, despite its high levels of poverty and violence, Reuters notes.

Context: President Trump is pressuring Latin American countries by threatening to stifle their economies or cut aid if they don't work to stop migration that is pouring into the U.S. (Trump previously threatened to cut $450 million of aid for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if the "failure" continues, per the New York Times.)

By the numbers: Preliminary results from over 95% of the polling stations counted show Giammattei won almost 59% of the vote, ahead of his center-left rival, former first lady Sandra Torres (41%).

  • Only 42% of Guatemala’s 8.15 million registered voters participated in the election, per the Washington Post.

The big picture: Blue Star Strategies managing director Daniel P. Erikson, a senior fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, writes for Axios Expert Voices that Guatemala's economic growth rate is expected to be 3.3% in 2019, but concerns remain about security and droughts in agricultural regions that have propelled migration.

  • Guatemalans are frustrated and skeptical that the election will produce real change, Erikson says.

The bottom line: Per Erikson, unless the new president can renew faith in the political system and address the root causes of migration, U.S.-Guatemalan relations are likely to remain tense even after he takes office in January.

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The mosque after the explosion in southern Kandahar province on Oct. 15. Photo: Murteza Khaliqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a massive blast that tore through a crowded Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens more, AP reports.

Why it matters: Friday's attack was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrew its troops from the region and is the second major attack on a Shiite mosque in a week, underscoring the Taliban's growing security threat from other militant groups.

New wave of strikes will test worker power

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Thousands of John Deere workers hit the picket line this week after the union smacked down a new worker contract from the farm and equipment maker.

Why it matters: There’s a wave of worker angst spreading across the country. They wield new power that’s come with a historic worker shortage.

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Better sensors, more intelligent AI, and the coming wave of 5G wireless could finally fulfill the promise of the smart city.

Why it matters: How we organize, run and power our cities will be increasingly important in the years ahead, as urbanization expands and the damaging effects of climate change compound.