Zury Rios, daughter of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, a a political rally in Guatemala City [File: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters]

Guatemala City – One of the top contenders for president in Guatemala‘s June 16 general elections cannot run for office, the country’s highest court ruled Monday.

A longtime politician who served four terms in Congress, Zury Rios had been in second place in most recent polls. But the Constitution bars the right-wing Valor party presidential candidate from running, the Constitutional Court ruled in a 4-3 split decision.

Guatemala’s constitution prohibits anyone who came to power by coup or force from running for president, and the same ban extends to their blood relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity. Rios is the daughter

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