Sunday, May 13, 2007

Women in Guatemala

The party of indigenous activist Rigoberta Menchu in Guatemala has begun supporting a great number of female candidates for top government positions.

Guatemala, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The coalition Winaq-Encuentro por Guatemala (EG), whose presidential candidate is Peace Nobel Prizewinner Rigoberta Menchu, will also nominate another 40 women for deputies and mayors, party sources said this weekend.

The list of deputies will be headed by EG Secretary General Nineth Montenegro and Winaq leader and ex Culture Minister Otilia Lux de Coti.

In the departments, other women will run for the posts of mayor, including Gladis Sandoval, for Jalapa; Judith de Paz, for Chiquimula, and Karina Flores, for Escuintla.

Rigoberta Menchu's presidential candidacy has raised hopes in Guatemala, where women and indigenous people have been marginalized from the decision-making process.

Menchu's ticket partner is Luis Fernando Montenegro, a businessman who was the president of the Committee of Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations and the National Coffee Association.

Encuentro por Guatemala and Winaq will launch their campaign in the northern department of Alta Verapaz on Sunday.

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