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Guatemala’s First Couple ‘team’ ready for September’s presidential election

Monday, April 11th 2011 - 05:40 UTC
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Sandra Torres, former Mrs Colom will try to hold on to the presidency Sandra Torres, former Mrs Colom will try to hold on to the presidency

A Guatemalan judge granted the country’s First Couple divorce petition thus opening the way for First Lady Sandra Torres to run in September’s presidential election for which her husband President Alvaro Colom is barred under constitutional rule.

The couple filed for divorce on March 11 and family court Judge Mildred Roca reached a decision last week, but had to delay issuing her ruling until other magistrates ruled on 15 separate motions filed by various groups and individuals trying to block the divorce.

All of the motions were rejected as inadmissible, ill-advised or “frivolous,” a Supreme Court spokesman officially reported.

The plaintiffs who filed the challenges accused Torres of engaging in “legal fraud” to evade the constitutional provision that bars close relatives of the president from seeking the highest office.

The Colom-Torres divorce has set off an avalanche of criticism from opposition parties and conservative elements of Guatemalan society.

Torres announced on March 8 that she planned to run for president as the candidate of a coalition of Colom’s UNE party and the Great National Alliance.

Retired General Otto Perez Molina, pre-candidate of the right-wing Patriot Party, currently leads in opinion polls with a vote intention of 47.2%, well ahead of former Mrs. Torres de Colom 13.7%.

In 2007 elections the National Unity of Hope headed by Alvaro Colom won the presidency as well as the majority of seats in congress defeating Perez Molina.

Guatemala a close ally of the US has free trade agreements with the US and the rest of Central America through CAFTA and other agreements with Mexico.

 

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • GeoffWard

    I guess taking your rewards in this life is better than taking your rewards in the next life.

    Does the Holy Roman Catholic Church have a position on the matter? - certainly heads have rolled in other countries at other times, and excommunication is always on the cards.

    Does one suffer an after-life of hell and torment for such a calculated act of personal earthly gain?
    Or perhaps she thinks this is what she already has, so what the hell!

    Statistically, she should fail to get the vote AND succeed in waving goodbye to her ExPresident/ExHusband.
    Does she get half his pension?

    Apr 11th, 2011 - 11:22 pm 0
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