The president-elect of Guatemala, Oscar Berger, has called for unity following his victory in Sunday's election.
Berger said the election showed Guatemalans wanted democracy
"Let us all take each other's hand and walk together in the same direction," he said in his victory speech.
Mr Berger said he would ask indigenous leader and Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu to join his government, to help work towards a more just country.
Final results showed Mr Berger, 57, a conservative former mayor of Guatemala City, won 54% of the vote.
On Monday his centre-left rival Alvaro Colom admitted defeat.
It is the second presidential election since a peace deal ended Guatemala's 36-year civil war in 1996.
At his first news conference, Mr Berger said he would invite Rigoberta Menchu to take an active part in his government to help work toward a better Guatemala.
He said he would also include other indigenous people in his administration.
Human rights campaigner Rigoberta Menchu may join the cabinet
Rigoberta Menchu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, receiving international acclaim for her work as a human rights campaigner.
Mr Berger, who heads the Great National Alliance party (Gana), said the election showed that Guatemalans wanted democracy.
He also promised to improve access to clean water, education and health care for all citizens.
"There will not be a village without access to water, without access to a school, without access to a health centre," he said.
"This is our main concern."
International observers said Sunday's run-off passed off peacefully without the violence and intimidation seen in November's first round.
Security had been tight amid fears that supporters of the former military ruler, General Efrain Rios Montt, would again take to the streets to hamper the election process after their candidate was defeated in the first round.
And BBC correspondent Greg Morsbach says one of the first challenges Mr Berger will have to face is to decide what to do with the former dictator.
Many Guatemalans are demanding the general be brought to justice for alleged crimes, such as corruption and murder, committed during his presidency in the early 1980s.
The former military ruler loses his parliamentary immunity from prosecution on 14 January, when he has to give up his seat as a member of Guatemala's Congress.