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Guatemalan First Lady Sandra Torres de Colom Announces Bid For Presidency

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on March 9, 2011

by Latin America News Dispatch, March 8th, 2011.

Sandra Torres de Colom confirmed that she plans be the candidate for the ruling National Unity for Hope party in elections this September. The announcement was widely expected, but some argue that Torres’ run violates a constitutional clause that makes president’s relatives ineligible to seek the nation’s top office.

“It is an unconstitutional candidacy, but we will have to go through all the processes that the law requires,” said former General Otto Pérez Molina, the candidate for the right wing opposition Patriot Party, according to The BBC.

Torres’ lawyers argue that the ban infringes on the right of all Guatemalans to stand for election and she said that she was responding to “popular clamour” for her. She did not explain how she would resolve the apparent constitutional ban on her candidacy.

“My commitment is to create jobs and progress for all. To seek economic development with social inclusion. To dedicate myself to the fight against crime, drug trafficking, street gangs and organized crime,” Torres said, according to Fox News. (continue reading… )



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