First lady of Guatemala Sandra Torres de Colom.
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Guatemalan First Lady Sandra Torres de Colom Announces Bid For Presidency

March 9, 2011 By Staff

First lady of Guatemala Sandra Torres de Colom.

Today in Latin America

Top StoryGuatemala’s first lady announced Tuesday that she will enter the race to succeed her husband, President Álvaro Colom.

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.

Since Colom took office in 2008, Torres has directed the Social Cohesion Council, which is responsible for promoting a series of programs to fight poverty. Her work has won her a devoted following among the benefited communities.

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Mario Alfaro says:

Wow, what an amazing surprise. People are very proud to be represented by a woman like her, who has work a lot and knows about people´s needs.

Luka Jones says:

This is a great anouncement. Everybody in Guatemala was waiting for this. She has shown great skills in State´s management.

Hector Chinchilla says:

The social programs she impulses are a great support for thousands of families all over the country. You can really see the difference.

[…] First Lady Sandra Torres de Colom in early March announced that she would run for president on the National Unity for Hope party in elections this […]

This is an interesting information. There is an opinion that women can be better presidents than men but many of famous ladies are not able to be candidates. I’ll watch what will happen in the case of Sandra Torres.

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