Roxana Baldetti

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Baldetti and the second or maternal family name is Elías.
Ingrid Roxana Baldetti Elías
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13th Vice President of Guatemala
Assumed office
January 14, 2012
President Otto Pérez Molina
Preceded by Rafael Espada
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Deputy by National List of the Congress of Guatemala
In office
January 14, 2008 – March 14, 2011
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2nd General Secretary of the Patriotic Party
Assumed office
January 20, 2009
Preceded by Otto Pérez Molina
Personal details
Born (1962-05-13) May 13, 1962 (age 52)
Guatemala City,
Nationality Guatemalan
Political party Patriotic Party
Spouse(s) Mariano Paz
Children Luis Pedro Paz Baldetti
Mario Paz Baldetti
Residence Guatemala City
Alma mater Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Religion Roman Catholic

Ingrid Roxana Baldetti Elías (born May 13, 1962 in Guatemala City) is the current and first female Vice President of Guatemala.[1][2][3]


Early life[edit]

Roxana Baldetti comes from a conservative, Catholic family. Her parents were Alejandro Baldetti and Gladys Elías de Baldetti. She attended primary school in the Mount Carmel School ("Colegio Monte Carmelo" in Spanish), graduating as a primary education teacher in The Sacred Heart School of Ladies ("Colegio de Señoritas El Sagrado Corazón" in Spanish) at the Historic Center of Guatemala. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Journalism at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala.


She was an elementary school substitute teacher, she started with the journalism in the Spanish news program Aquí el Mundo. She was co-founder of the Spanish news program TV Noticias; She worked in Univisión, as a correspondent from Guatemala for the show Primer Impacto.

She worked in favor of woman for the United Nations at a national level, including conferences within the Republic in partnership with Kellog's Central America. She was founder of a beauty products company, also she founded a spa and hair salon chain.

As a politician[edit]

In the 1990s, she was designated as the Subsecretary of Public Relations for the Presidency of the Republic. In 2001, she helped found the Patriot Party alongside Otto Pérez Molina. She was elected to the Congress of Guatemala in 2004, she held the position of deputy by National List for the Congress of Guatemala, for the Patriot Party. However, she presented her resignation to the Congress president before August 15, 2011, as she was going to participate as the vice president candidate for the same party, along with Otto Pérez Molina.[4] and she announced the elections day that she will retake her position as deputy. She has been the General Secretary of the Patriotic Party since 2009.[5]

Unexplained wealth[edit]

In 2013, Guatemalan newspaper El Periódico published details of Baldetti's purchases of multi-million dollar homes and other luxury goods with unexplained wealth.[6] Baldetti owns five properties and a helicopter worth over $13 million, which could not be accounted for by her or her husband's income.[7]

In response to the investigation into unexplained wealth, a Guatemalan judge initiated legal proceedings against the editor of El Periódico, José Rubén Zamora. The Inter American Press Association subsequently denounced the judicial action as a form of censorship.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

In 1987 she married Mariano Paz, and they have two children, Luis Pedro and Mario.[10]


  1. ^ La victoria es para Otto Pérez y Roxana Baldetti nuevas autoridades
  2. ^ Últimas Noticias Tribunal Supremo Electoral, accessed 17 January 2012 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Baldetti, First Woman to Be Vice President in Guatemala Prensa Latina News Agency, 13 January 2012
  4. ^ Roxana Baldetti renuncia a su curul para participar en elecciones
  5. ^ The Road to Victory for Otto Pérez Molina, Guatemala's President-Elect Americas Quarterly, 9 November 2011
  6. ^ Zamora, José Rubén (April 8, 2013). "A fairy tale without a happy ending" (PDF). El Periódico. pp. 6–9. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Vega, P.; C.Quintela (October 1, 2013). "Roxana Baldetti guarda silencio sobre declaración de probidad". El Periódico (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Court order in Guatemala bans journalist from approaching vice president". IFEX. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mission to Guatemala will investigate senior officials' complaints with editor". IFEX. January 14, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Biografía de Roxana Baldetti

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rafael Espada
Vice President of Guatemala
Succeeded by