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Pentecostal candidate seeks 'dominion' over Guatemala.

A Pentecostal preacher who says God speaks to him is seeking to be the next president of Guatemala The title of President of Guatemala has been the usual title of the leader of Guatemala since 1851, when that title was assumed by José Rafael Carrera, who had been acting as head of government as general and caudillo since 1840. .

Harold Caballeros, founder and senior pastor of the 12,000-member El Shaddai El Shaddai (Hebrew: אל שדי) is one of the Judaic names of God. See El (god) and Names of God in Judaism. Literally meaning "God of the mountain", it is normally translated "God Almighty".  Church in Guatemala City Guatemala City

City (pop., 1994: city, 823,301; 1999 est.: metro area, 3,119,000), capital of Guatemala. The largest city in Central America, it lies in the central highlands at an elevation of about 4,900 ft (1,490 m).
, recently announced his candidacy. Caballeros says he will stop running the congregation on a day-to-day basis while he seeks the presidency.

The election takes place this November, and a recent poll showed all of the candidates with modest levels of support. Alvaro Colom of the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza For the municipality in Colombia, see .
La Esperanza (the name is Spanish for "the hope") is a town in northern Ecuador, in the Imbabura Province. It lies at the northern foot of the Mount Imbabura volcano. La Esperanza is the best base-town for climbing Imbabura volcano.
 leads with 35 percent, reported Caribbean & Central America Central America, narrow, southernmost region (c.202,200 sq mi/523,698 sq km) of North America, linked to South America at Colombia. It separates the Caribbean from the Pacific.  Report. Gen. Otto Perez Molina of the Partido Patriota came in second at 16 percent.

Caballeros polled about 1 percent, but the publication noted that he had just announced his candidacy at the time the poll was taken. It referred to him as "a dark horse" who has "a nationwide following." It noted that Caballeros will run under the banner of his own party, Viva, which he formed in 1998, and said his candidacy is "worth keeping an eye on."

Pentecostals in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  are excited by Caballeros' run. The pastor belongs to a worldwide organization called the International Coalition of Apostles, which encourages religiously based political activity.

"Christians in the global South are way ahead of us in this area," C. Peter Wagner Charles Peter Wagner (1930-) is a former professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He coined the term Third Wave. He is the founder of Global Harvest Ministries, and co-founder of the World Prayer Center. , founder of Global Harvest Ministries Global Harvest Ministries is a parachurch organisation committed to helping Christians contribute to the spread of the Gospel and Church planting around the world.

The World Prayer Center is an associate organisation that exists in the same building.
 and head of the International Coalition, told Charisma magazine. "The values of the kingdom of God should penetrate every level of society, and they understand that.... [Caballeros is] doing it right, going right to the top and taking dominion."

Wagner's Web site is loaded with standard right-wing political material, including attacks on church-state separation. Last year he called on followers to "Ask the Lord to remove the lie of 'Separation of Church and State' from this nation's governmental philosophy and from Believers' mindsets! There is no such language in the Constitution."

But Caballeros could be hampered by the performance of Guatemala's last two Pentecostal presidents. Efrain Rios Montt, a Pentecostal preacher, seized power in a 1982 coup and subsequently unleashed a terror campaign against his political enemies. At least 2,000 civilians were killed, mostly by the army.

In 1990, Jorge Serrano, also a Pentecostal, was elected president but resigned three years later amid corruption charges.
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Title Annotation:PEOPLE & EVENTS
Publication:Church & State
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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