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Guatemalan divorce filing tied to presidential politics

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on March 23, 2011

by Mariano Castillo for CNN, March 22nd, 2011.

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and his wife, Sandra Torres de Colom, have filed for divorce in an attempt to clear the way for the first lady to run for the presidency, Guatemalan Judge Mildred Roca told CNN.

Torres jumped in the race for president on March 9, but she has been dogged by critics who called her candidacy illegitimate because of a constitutional article that bars relatives of the president from seeking the high office.

The couple filed for divorce on March 11, the family court judge said. The divorce petition was a “mutual agreement,” so judicial hearings will not be necessary, Roca said.

Under Guatemalan law, within eight days of the divorce petition being filed, both parties must meet with a conciliatory commission to examine if the marriage can be saved. If not, then the divorce can be finalized in another eight days.

Roca declined to say whether Colom and Torres met with such a commission.

In an interview with CNN en Espanol the day before she filed for divorce, Torres declined to say whether divorce was an option to see her candidacy go forward.

She did say, however, that she and her husband had an “excellent relationship,” and that she was very happy. (continue reading… )


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