Guatemalan first lady to try presidential bid

The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 8, 2011; 2:51 PM

GUATEMALA CITY -- Guatemala's first lady says she will enter the race to succeed her husband, President Alvaro Colom.

Sandra Torres de Colom confirms that she will be the candidate for the ruling National Unity for Hope party in elections this September.

Tuesday's announcement was widely expected. But some say a run by Torres would violate a constitutional clause that says the president's relatives are ineligible to seek the nation's top office.

Party officials counter that a separate clause in the charter guarantees the right of all Guatemalans to participate in elections.

Polls favor retired Gen. Otto Perez Molina of the Patriotic Party in the race. Torres has been polling a distant second, without officially announcing her candidacy.

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