Encuentro por Guatemala
– a Spanish
name variously translated as "Encounter for Guatemala" (for example, by the BBC
), or as "Together for Guatemala" (Reuters
is a Guatemalan
political party; encuentro
may also translate as "gathering", "meeting", or "union". It is closely affiliated with the Winaq
political organization that works to promote the rights of the country's indigenous peoples
Its logo is a red circle with four green dots on its circumference, representing the coming together of the four peoples that make up the Guatemalan nationality: Mayas, Garifunas, Xincas and Ladinos.
The party was founded in 2007, in the run-up to that year's 9 September general election
. Its presidential candidate was Rigoberta Menchú
, the Nobel Peace Prize
-winning indigenous activist, running on a ticket with businessman Luis Fernando Montenegro
as her vice-presidential hopeful. They secured 3.09% of the popular vote.
In the Congressional election held on the same day, the party fared somewhat better, receiving 6.17% of the popular vote, which was enough to secure them four national-list deputies in Congress for the 2008–12 legislative period: Armando Sánchez Gómez, Rodolfo Aníbal García, Nineth Montenegro and Otilia Lux.