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Court OKs Ex-Dictator Montt to Run For President

HeadlineJul 16, 2003

Guatemala’s top court has ruled former dictator Efrain Rios Montt can run for president in November. Montt took power in a military coup in 1982 and served for 18 months. Human rights groups protested the court’s decision because Guatemala’s constitution of 1985 bars coup leaders from seeking office. But Montt argued the ban could not be applied retroactively.

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