A family expert in Guatemala is accusing the country's president and his wife of making “a mockery of the family.” The couple recently announced their divorce so the first lady can run for presidency.
Marisol Gonzalez de Parellada spoke with CNA on March 29 and called the couple's actions “disrespectful and a mockery of the most important institution: the family, the nucleus and foundation of our society.”
Gonzalez de Parellada is the vice president of Guatemala's Federation for the Defense of Life and the Family.
First Lady Sandra Torres launched her presidential bid on March 8. Within a few days, President Alvaro Colom announced they would be divorcing, as the Guatemalan Constitution does not allow close relatives of the sitting vice president or president to run for the same office.
The couple has been married eight years.
“This is an insult to the intelligence of the entire nation that needs great leaders and exemplary people with strong virtues and values in order to move the country forward,” Gonzalez de Parellada continued.
“In this case, the evil of divorce is being used to manipulate an entire country,” she added.