Divorce for Love of Country

Aug 8, 2012 by

When we last visited Guatemalan president Alvaro Colum, he had plans to use divorce as a legal tool for the purpose of getting around article 186 of the Guatemalan constitution which stated that he could not run for re-election and none of his relatives or extended family could run for the presidency either. Colum and first lady Sandra Torres de Colom devised a crafty plan to get divorced so that she could run for the office once she was no longer legally related to her husband, the current...

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Paper Thin Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is not often that a married couple agrees to get a divorce and then continues to live happily together ever after, but it seems that is exactly the case for Guatemala’s president and his wife. The couple has no marital issues or any conventional reason to get a divorce, but there is a legal reason behind the action. Guatemalan president Alvaro Colum cannot run for re-election and the country’s constitution bars any of his relatives or extended family from running for the...

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More Important than Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

In the last installment of our coverage of Guatemalan president Alvaro Colum’s plans to use divorce as a legal tool for the purpose of getting around the Guatemalan constitution so that first lady Sandra Torres de Colom could run for the office of the presidency in that country, the first couple’s plans were met with some resistance. Article 186 of the Guatemalan constitution states that Colum could not run for re-election and none of his relatives or extended family could run...

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