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Guatemala first lady seeks divorce to run for president

GUATEMALA CITY (WKOW) -- Guatemala's first lady is ending her eight-year marriage so she can become eligible to succeed her husband as president.

Guatemala's constitution does not allow members of a president's extended family to run for the presidency.

Judiciary spokesman Edwin Escobar says divorce proceedings began Monday between Sandra Torres de Colom and President Alvaro Colom.

Colom is not eligible for reelection.

If both parties agree, the divorce could be final in about a month.

If eligible, Torres will be the presidential candidate of the governing National Unity for Hope party.

The presidential election is set to take place in September.

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