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The National Unity of Hope (Spanish: Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza, UNE) is a political party in Guatemala. It was founded in 2002 and defines itself as a social-democratic and social-Christian party.

National Unity of Hope

Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza
LeaderSandra Torres
SpokespersonÉdgar Rosales
Founded6 September 2002 (2002-09-06)
IdeologySocial democracy
Christian left[1]
Political positionCentre-left to Left-wing[2]
International affiliationSocialist International[3]
Colors     Green
Seats in Congress
36 / 158

In the legislative elections held on 9 November 2003, the party won 17.9% of the popular vote and 32 out of 158 seats in Congress. Its presidential candidate Álvaro Colom won 26.4% in the presidential elections on the same day and was defeated in the second round, when he received 45.9%.

For the 2007 elections, the party again chose Colom as its presidential candidate. He came in first place with 28% of the vote; the party won 22.8% of the vote and 48 seats in Congress, more than any other party. On 4 November 2007, in the second round of the election, Colom was elected President of Guatemala. It would mark the first time since 1954 that Guatemala had a left wing government.[2]

In the 2011 general election, the Constitutional Court ruled out the candidacy of Colom's ex-wife, Sandra Torres, thus making it the first time in the history of the elections that an official ruling party did not present presidential and vice-presidential candidacies.

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  2. ^ a b Transparency International e.V. "publications/newsletter/2008/January 2008/interview". Archived from the original on 2016-03-25.
  3. ^ "Socialist International".

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