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Greater love hath no woman…

20 May 2011

I am not going to be the first or the last woman who decides to get a divorce, but I am the only woman to get a divorce for her country.

Guatemala’s future ex-first lady,  and  potential future President, Sandra Torres, after the constitutional courts turned down attempts by conservative lawyers to nullify her divorce from President Álvaro Colom.

The Guatemalan Constitution precludes the president’s  spouse (and close relatives) from running as their successor, but nothing is said about ex-spouses.    Politics makes for strange bed-fellows, and vice-versa (whatever that might happen to be).

There is probably a good reason for this legal restriction, though I admit I don’t know enough about Guatemalan history to even guess what it might be.  While other than Argentina, where Christine Fernandez de Kirchner succeeded her husband Nestor Kirchner (and Isobel Martinez de Peron was Vice-President under Juan Peron and succeeded to the Presidency when Peron died in 1974), I can’t think of any other examples in the Americas, although a number of wives have succeeded their husbands in lesser offices — as state governors or  legislators in the United States, Mexico and elsewhere in the Americas.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. don quixote permalink
    20 May 2011 3:45 pm

    Well if divorce isn’t a possibility in Guatemala maybe the first lady can do what her Guatamalteca paisana did with the first lady of Califas marido, the Sperminator Ahnold. Just have the affair and kid anyway on the sly. It could mean a house in Bakersfield!

  2. Hiroshi permalink
    21 May 2011 2:13 pm

    “Well if divorce isn’t a possibility in Guatemala maybe the first lady can do what her Guatamalteca paisana did with the first lady of Califas marido, the Sperminator Ahnold. Just have the affair and kid anyway on the sly. It could mean a house in Bakersfield!”

    What does this have to do with a spouse, becoming president ???????

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