GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The constitutional court has barred Guatemala's former first lady from running for president in the upcoming Sept. 11 election.
Court president Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre says Sandra Torres, former wife of President Alvaro Colom, is forbidden because she was married to the president for most of his term.
Colom is not eligible for re-election. The constitution also forbids relatives of the president from running.
The ruling late Monday avoided the question of whether Torres committed fraud when she divorced Colom last spring after she declared herself a candidate for the ruling National Unity for Hope party
Torres appealed earlier court decisions denying her candidacy. Maldonado said the constitutional court decision is final.