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November 05, 2007

Colom Wins Presidency

Its official....Alvaro Colom is the next President of Guatemala.

International Tribune Article

If you have not read much about the Vice President, here is some information about Dr. Rafael Espada

Sign On San Diego Article

Posted by Kelly at November 5, 2007 06:36 AM
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So with this new president do you feel that he will be the one to change the adoption process for the better. For those of us int he process this last month has been a life living on pins and needles--will we be bringing our children home is a question we ask ourselves daily. Hope this will president will allow us to bring home our children.

Posted by: Kevin at November 5, 2007 08:45 AM

Thank you so much for posting this. It gives me hope for the future of Guatemala. I don't know much about Colom & Espada, but they seem to be of good moral character. I think the fact that the VP has strong US ties can only be beneficial to keeping adoptions open to US citizens.

Posted by: Faith at November 5, 2007 09:31 AM

This is truly good news for the people of Guatemala! We are praying that this will mark the start of better times for all Guatemalans.

Posted by: SJBJ at November 5, 2007 09:50 AM

Can anyone share if they know Alvaro Colom's position on adoption?

Posted by: Holly at November 5, 2007 10:55 AM

I am not sure how President Colom and Vice President Espada will affect international adoptions, but I am glad that a general will not be running the country. Vice President Espada has strong ties to the US, which I am sure will be a postive.

Posted by: Linda at November 5, 2007 11:40 AM

Regardless of how the new president and vice president stand on adoption, I am happy for Guatemalans everywhere that they won't have to face another government headed by an "iron fist". Let us hope that Colom and Espada are able to bring about poverty-ridding reforms and make the need for adoption less.

Posted by: Lynn at November 5, 2007 12:12 PM

Well, from what I read in the Tribune's article and the Wiki on Dr. Espada, it "appears" that the leadership is FOR THE PEOPLE. We can only hope that being FOR THE PEOPLE will include international adoption of the children who are truly eligible for adoption.

Can the Kevins, Hannahs, and others from this group begin to get to Dr. Espada.
from Wiki: "He also travels to Guatemala because he performs gratuitous surgery to the underprivileged...He started to raise money for a charity hospital in Guatemala, and has succeeded... He performs an average of 10 charity surgeries out of the US every month."

He looks like a reasonable man, who is altruistic at heart. Maybe he can join our fight to keep Guatemalan adoptions open, accessible and fair, especially to single parents.

We can only hope and pray for the new leadership of that beautiful country.
terri, mommy to 2 Guatemalan Princesas

Posted by: terri at November 5, 2007 12:44 PM

This is very promising news for the future of Guatemala. Let's hope that Colom makes good on his promises and initiates programs to pull the indigenous population out of poverty! I've always loved the expression, "If you want peace, work for justice." This certainly seems to be Colom's approach.

Posted by: Kathy at November 5, 2007 01:59 PM

Dr.Espada seems to be quite the humanitarian! What a wonderful man with great generosity!

Like others have mnetioned,it would seem the new VP's medical background will be a great asset to the Guatemalan people! I am thankful for that!

Selfishly, I do hope that he will be sensitive to adoptions especially with his ties to the US and his brilliant medical mind (listed as one of the TOP 10 surgeons in the WORLD...now that's beyond impressive)!

I just keep praying! And have everyone I know doing the same! Especially with it being National Adoption Month!

Posted by: Mary at November 5, 2007 05:06 PM

Dr. Espada is highly respected here in Houston where I live. My sister is also a doctor in our medical center and says he is held in high regard. Our Houston Chronicle did a number of pieces on him a while back. I was SO excited to see the results of the election!

Posted by: Piper at November 6, 2007 06:18 PM

Kevin, I wonder if you could explain a little bit about how this administration may be likely to impact the indigenous population of Guatemala? I get why the general would have been very bad, but what is the story with these guys? I can't really seem to find any assessments. Good? Bad? Neutral?
Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Samantha at November 6, 2007 09:31 PM

found a bbc link
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7081312.stm

Posted by: Samantha at November 6, 2007 11:07 PM

GRACIAS A DIOS Y A TODO EL PUEBLO DE GUATEMALA, POR VOTAR POR EL INGENIERO ALVARO COLOM, GRACIAS A EL SE SOLUCIONARA LO DE LAS ADOPCIONES, YA QUE LOS NIÑOS QUE ESTAN EN LOS ORFANATOS ESTAN EN UN MAL ESTADO, SUCIOS, NO COMEN BIEN HUELE HORRIBLE CUANDO UNO ENTRA Y YO CREO QUE EL INGENIERO COLOM AYUDARA A ESTOS NIÑOS PARA QUE TENGAN UNA MEJOR VIDA CON UNA FAMILIA ADOPTANTE NO LES HARA FALTA NADA Y SOBRE TODO NO LES HARA FALTA LO MAS IMPORATNTE QUE ES EL AMOR, NO HAY QUE NEGARLE A UN NIÑO SU FELICIDAD YA QUE AQUI EN GUATEMALA QUE LES ESPERA A LOS POBRES NIÑOS, POBREZA, DELINCUENCIA, DESNUTRICION ETC. GRACIAS POR ESCUCHARME

Posted by: MONICA DE LAM at November 22, 2007 11:45 AM
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