Guatemala: First Lady Running for President

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The first lady of Guatemala, Sandra Torres de Colom, announced she will be a candidate in the presidential elections to be held in September of this year.

Torres de Colom announced her “decision to compete as a presidential candidate for National Unity of Hope (UNE) and the Grand National Alliance (Gana)”, at a political event.

She said that “people asked for it” and she’s doing it to defend the social programs of the current administration.

Opponents argue that the Constitution does not allow the first lady to be presidential candidate.

The Constitution expressly prohibits presidential eligibility “to the blood relatives of the fourth degree and second degree of kinship” to the current head of state.

Torres de Colom denied emphatically that her aspirations may have legal restrictions.

She said she has “constitutional, political and human right to aspire to the presidency” and “if I was not sure of that, I would not participate”.

The current president, Alvaro Colom, denied the possibility of divorce to support the nomination.

The first lady has become prominent during her husband’s presidency and has presided over social assistance programs traditionally assigned to the president’s wife.

Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of Amarc-Alc

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