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UPDATED: 10:39, February 08, 2007
Nobel prize winner to run for Guatemala president
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Rigoberta Menchu, the Guatemalan who won the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, said on Wednesday she has decided to compete in the nation's September presidential elections, according to reports.

"Our team, our initiative, our group and the people with whom I am going, are determined to go for the presidency," the indigenous people's leader told reporters in Guatemala City.

However, she is yet to determine from which party she is going to seek support for her candidacy.

Menchu is set to meet with Encounter for Guatemala Party (EG), led by Nineth Montenegro, on Friday, to discuss what conditions she has to meet to join them.

"There is a negotiation to be undertaken with the EG. If we reach an agreement happily we will go ahead. If not, we will be sad, but we are listening to other options and we have a plan B," she said.

Montenegro, who has campaigned for human rights in her country, told media that nothing was yet certain, and but said that "there is a good chance that Menchu will be our presidential candidate."

If elected, she would become the second indigenous head of state in Latin America after Bolivia's President Evo Morales, who took office last year.

Source: Xinhua

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