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Friday July 1, 2011

¡No Mas!  Guatemalan Court Blocks Recently Divorced First Lady from Running for Presidency

¡No Mas!  Guatemalan Court Blocks Recently Divorced First Lady from Running for Presidency

Photo: President Alvaro Colom and First Lady Sandra Torres

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Apparently Guatemalan election officials saw and thought what most people of that country saw and thought of the First Lady’s divorce from the President –it’s a farce.

First Lady Sandra Torres de Colom’s impromptu divorce filing from current President Alvaro Colom was seen by election officials as a means by which to create a loophole in constitutional law. That means if you are married to the President you can’t run for office.

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 filed for divorce from Colom three days after she announced her intentions to run for President.  Her ex-husband is barred from running again there are terms limits of one four-year term. 

The First Lady who declares herself divorce and ready to run for President can seek an overturn from this decision.  However, she only has until July 11th to clarify the matter, which is when the presidential slate for 2012 elections are finalized.