Sandra Torres wife of Guatemala President Alvaro Colom have decided to separate unanimously so that his wife can stand for election to be successful, authorities say.
Earlier this month Ms. Torres had made a statement that she would be the governing party contender in September's presidential election. But
’s law does not allow standing for president election to the closer relatives of the serving president. The court’s sources has confirmed about submitting a divorce petition. Guatemala
Mr. Edwin Escobar, the Supreme Court spokesman said the petition for separation with mutual understanding has been submitted to a judge at the second family court on March 11, 2011.
Both the petitioners have not yet given remarks about the request.
Otto Perez Molina the key opposition candidate of right wing Patriot party blamed the couple of seeking to cheat the system. He further persisted a divorce would not be sufficient to defeat the legal ban on close relatives of the president standing to succeed him. The ultimate say on whether Ms. Torres can stand will rest with
's legitimate Court. Guatemala
Sandra Torres has played a crucial role in her husband’s presidency, monitoring the government's poverty reduction programs. Critics have blamed that she exercises even substantial power over her husband after the scenes. If she is allowed against the ballot, she will face tough antagonism from Mr. Perez Molina, a former general who has been considering top in outlook polls with his undertake of a solid line against brutal organized crime.