Guatemala: First lady divorces to run for office

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The Independent US

Guatemala's first lady is ending her eight-year marriage so she can seek to succeed her husband as president.

The constitution prohibits members of a president's extended family from running for the presidency. A judiciary spokesman said divorce proceedings have begun between Sandra Torres de Colom and President Alvaro Colom, who cannot run for re-election.

Ms Torres announced on 8 March that she will be the presidential candidate of the National Unity for Hope party in the September election.