Sandra Torres (politician)
This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. (April 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Sandra Julieta Torres Casanova (locally ['sandɾa xu'lieta 'tores kasa'noba]) is a Guatemalan politician and current presidential candidate who was First Lady of Guatemala from 2008 to 2011, as the wife of President Álvaro Colom Caballeros. She was the runner up of the Presidential election of 2015 in the runoff against Jimmy Morales. She is currently a candidate for President in the 2019 Guatemalan general election.
|Secretary-General of the National Unity of Hope|
|Assumed office |
May 20, 2012
|Preceded by||Álvaro Colom|
|First Lady of Guatemala|
January 14, 2008 – April 7, 2011
|Preceded by||Wendy de Berger|
|Succeeded by||Rosa Leal de Pérez|
Sandra Julieta Torres Casanova
5 October 1955
Melchor de Mencos
|Political party||Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE)|
|Spouse(s)||Álvaro Colom (2003–2011)|
|Alma mater||Universidad de San Carlos|
Universidad Rafael Landívar
Early life and educationEdit
Sandra Julieta Torres Casanova was born on 19 August 1946, in the municipality of Melchor de Mencos, in the department of Petén. She is the daughter of Enrique Torres and Teresa Casanova. She has a degree in Communication Sciences from the University San Carlos de Guatemala. She also has a master's degree in Public Politics from the University Rafael Landívar de Guatemala.
This section needs to be updated.April 2019)(
She has spent most of her professional lifetime promoting politics, plans, programs, projects and laws concerning social development, specially of women, children and people with special needs. Within the legal initiatives that she has promoted from inside her political party – the National Unity of Hope (UNE) – (of which her former husband is the Leader and in which she is also a director) are:
- Initiative of Law Against Feminicide. Approved in the first semester of 2008.
- Initiative of Law of Responsible Parenting. Approved in August 2008.
Sandra Torres de Colom was founder of the Coordinadora Nacional de la Mujer (National Coordinator of the Women) for the political party Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza, through which more than 30,000 Guatemalan women (Garifuna and Xinca amongst them) have channeled their specific demands. The action in favor of women was reflected within the corporate area. Sandra Torres, as a businessperson, worked at private companies and had been responsible for textile production and administration of clothing factories. She also was president of Consejo de Cohesión Social (Counsel of Social Cohesion), an institute in charge of orienting social investment for the eradication of extreme poverty and combating poverty in general. The group employs programs and projects focused on improving the coverage and quality of education, healthcare, infrastructure, sustainability and national reconstruction (specifically pertaining to the disasters Hurricane Stan, landslides in the county of La Unión, Zacapa, and Storm 16).
She was disqualified from being a candidate in the 2011 Presidential election, but in the Presidential election of 2015 she was accepted as a candidate and finished second in the first round of the election on 6 September, narrowly beating the third-placed Manuel Baldizón, and qualifying for the runoff against first-placed Jimmy Morales.
- Claudia Palma. Sandra Torres: mitad beliceña y mitad petenera. ElPeriódico de Guatemala, 18 de mayo de 2011.
- "Torres, la única mujer con posibilidades para pasar a segunda vuelta" [Torres, the only woman with possibilities to go to runoff]. Prensa Libre. 4 Sep 2015. Archived from the original on 6 Sep 2015. Retrieved 5 Apr 2019.
- "Facebook". facebook.com.[dead link]
- "Guatemala ex-first lady Sandra Torres in presidential run-off". BBC News.
- Juan Montes (15 September 2015). "Guatemalan Former First Lady Sandra Torres in Presidential Runoff". WSJ.
- "Guatemala Comic to Face Former First Lady in Presidency Run-off". VOA.
| First Lady of Guatemala
Rosa María Leal
| President of the Secretary of Social|
Work of the President's Wife
|Party political offices|
Álvaro Colom Caballeros
| National Unity of Hope nominee for
President of Guatemala
2011 (retired), 2015
Jairo Joaquín Flores
| Secretary-General of the National Unity of Hope
| Chairwoman of the Council of Social Cohesion
Luz Lainfiesta as Minister of Social Development