Guatemala Ex-Dictator's Daughter Barred from Presidential Race

5/17/2019

A longtime politician who served four terms in Congress, Zury Rios is barred by Guatemala’s constitution from running for president. The constitution prohibits anyone who came to power by coup or force from running for president, and the same ban extends to their blood relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity. Rios is the daughter of former dictator General Efrain Rios Montt, who seized power in a military coup and was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the massacres of 1,771 Maya Ixil civilians. Zury Rios never wavered in her support for her father and was a key figure in the right-wing and military backlash against his prosecution.

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