National Unity of Hope
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|National Unity of Hope
Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza
|Founded||6 September 2002|
Christian left
|Political position||Centre-left|
|International affiliation||Socialist International|
|Seats in Congress||
36 / 158
|Politics of Guatemala
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.
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.
Orlando Blanco, Guatemala Department
Mauro Guzmán, Huehuetenango
Mario Taracena, National list
Julio Lopez, Huehuetenango
Carlos Barreda, Esquintla
Jose Domingo, Esquintla
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