Ex-general wins presidency in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Retired Gen. Otto Perez Molina won Guatemala's presidential runoff Sunday, election results showed.

Deadly quakes hit Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Guatemala was hit by four earthquakes in succession Monday, the largest measuring a magnitude of 5.8, that left at least one person dead, officials said.

Mexican drug cartels heading south

GUATEMALA CITY, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom says the Central American country is facing a "permanent invasion" by drug cartels fleeing Mexico.

Guatemala landslides kill at least 44

NAHUALA, Guatemala, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- At least 44 people are dead and dozens injured or missing following massive mudslides in Guatemala, the country's disaster agency said.

Brothers surrender in bizarre slaying case

GUATEMALA CITY, June 28 (UPI) -- Two Guatemalan brothers suspected of unwittingly assisting the bizarre slaying of their cousin have turned themselves in voluntarily, officials say.

Report: Guatemala lawyer hired own killers

GUATEMALA CITY, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The shooting death of a Guatemalan lawyer who implicated the country's president was self-orchestrated, not murder, investigators say.

Drought-stricken Guatemalans go hungry

GUATEMALA CITY, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The worst drought in 30 years in Guatemala's "dry corridor" along the Pacific Ocean has destroyed the region's crops and triggered hunger, officials say.

333 Guatemalan children snatched, sold

GUATEMALA CITY, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A Guatemalan commission says government soldiers kidnapped hundreds of children and sold them for adoption in other countries.

Man arrested for 'tweet' aimed at bank

GUATEMALA CITY, May 16 (UPI) -- A Twitter user was charged with "inciting financial panic" in Guatemala for allegedly sending a "tweet" urging people to withdraw funds from a state-owned bank.

Guatemala president calls for transparency

GUATEMALA CITY, May 15 (UPI) -- Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has assured his country that the investigation into the murder of a prominent lawyer will be transparent.
Bush, Colom talk trade, drug trafficking

Bush, Colom talk trade, drug trafficking

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Bush and Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom Caballeros discussed a wide variety of issues Monday, especially trade and drug trafficking.

Guatemala elections headed for runoff

GUATEMALA CITY, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Guatemalan presidential rightist candidate Oscar Berger and rival Alvaro Colom appeared headed for a runoff Monday in Guatemala's presidential election.
Alvaro Colom
While an interpreter writes President George W. Bush meets with Alvaro Colom, president of Guatemala, in the Oval Office of the White House on April 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/Dennis Brack/Pool)

Álvaro Colom Caballeros (born 15 June 1951) is the President of Guatemala for the 2008–2012 term and leader of the social-democratic National Unity of Hope (UNE).

Colom was born in Guatemala City, the son of Antonio Colom Argueta and Yolanda Caballeros Ferraté, being the fourth of five siblings. His uncle, Manuel Colom, was a mayor of Guatemala City who was killed by the military in 1979 just after the creation of his political party was approved. He is also the father of Antonio Colom Szarata, the bass player of a Guatemalan pop rock band, Viento en Contra. He and his third wife, Sandra Torres, divorced in 2011. After gaining a degree as an industrial engineer at the University of San Carlos (USAC) he became a businessman involved in a variety of businesses, and a government civil servant, including being the founding General Director of the Fondo Nacional para la Paz and Vice Minister of the Economy before turning to politics. Representing the UNE (Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza) in the 2003 presidential elections, he lost to Óscar Berger on December 28, 2003--the closest a left-leaning candidate had come to winning the presidency since democracy was restored in 1985.

He was one of the two candidates to reach the second stage of the 2007 presidential election on September 9, 2007 along with Partido Patriota candidate Otto Pérez Molina. At 10:00 p.m. local time on election night, Colom was declared the newly elected president by over five percentage points, 52.7% to 47.3%, with over 96 percent of polling places counted, becoming Guatemala's first left-leaning president in 53 years.

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