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Report: Guatemala court holds first lady's divorce

Guatemalan media say a judge has temporarily blocked divorce proceedings by the wife of President Alvaro Colom.

There have been complaints from some Guatemalans about the split because it would allow Colom's wife to get around a constitutional ban on a president's extending family from running for the presidency.

First lady Sandra Torres de Colom filed for divorce March 21 so she can be the governing party's candidate in September's election to choose a successor for her husband.

A group of university students filed an appeal against the divorce. Guatemalan newspapers say the judge agreed Friday to hear the case and put the divorce on hold while the appeal is studied.

Guatemalan officials have not been available to comment.