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Tag: Juan Manuel Santos

  • Thursday, November 2nd 2017 - 07:44 UTC

    Ex FARC leader will run for the presidency of Colombia in 2018

    Rodrigo Londoño —‘Timochenko’— will run for the presidency of Colombia next year, with the backing of former Farc rebels, the group’s new political party said

    Veteran Farc (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces) leader Rodrigo Londono — known as ‘Timochenko’ — will run for the presidency of Colombia next year, with the backing of former Farc rebels, the group’s new political party announced. However, he and other ex-commanders will likely face trials for human rights crimes and it is unclear how they would serve in office if sentenced.

  • Thursday, September 14th 2017 - 06:37 UTC

    Netanyahu, in Colombia: Israel a close ally in war and in the reconstruction process

    PM Netanyahu and President Santos pledged to strengthen ties in areas like science, security and tourism as Colombia transitions into a post-conflict era.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos are pledging to strengthen ties in areas like science, security and tourism as Colombia transitions into a post-conflict era. Netanyahu arrived in Bogota on Wednesday for the second-leg of his trip as the first Israeli prime minister to visit Latin America.

  • Wednesday, August 16th 2017 - 09:10 UTC

    FARC hands over weapons, prepares for the political phase of peace accord

    Jean Arnault, U.N. representative for the Colombian peace process, center, talks to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Rodrigo Londoño, the top commander of the FARC (Pic UN)

    U.N. observers on Tuesday removed the last of more than 8,000 guns once carried by the guerrillas of Colombia’s largest rebel army and collected at 26 demobilization sites around the South American nation under a historic peace deal. The next phase of the peace deal is for the ex guerrillas to organize politically and run for seats in congressional elections.

  • Tuesday, July 11th 2017 - 07:22 UTC

    Colombian president grants amnesty to FARC 3.600 members, as part of the peace deal

    More than 7,000 rebels in total have been granted amnesty or released from prison as part of their reintegration into Colombian society.

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has signed a decree granting amnesty to another 3,600 members of the Farc rebel group, which last year reached a peace deal with the government. It is the third and final amnesty decree signed by Santos.

  • Saturday, December 17th 2016 - 17:03 UTC

    Colombia's Central Bank lowers interest rate to tack inflation

    Outgoing Colombian Central Bank manager Jose Dario Uribe spoke of “greater confidence in the consolidation of the process” as intereste rates were lowered for the first time in four years.

    The Central Bank of Colombia Friday surprisingly decided to lower the interest rate by 25 basis points to 7.50 percent to support the recovery of the economy and to push inflation towards the target set for the coming semester.

  • Tuesday, November 22nd 2016 - 10:50 UTC

    Santos: “I have no metastases, no tumor”

    President Juan Manuel Santos says his treatment will not stop him from discharging his duties

    The President of Colombia made the announcement Monday following an urgent trip to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, US, on his doctors' advice last week due to disturbing test results that would indicate a relapse of his prostate cancer which was removed surgically in 2011.

  • Thursday, November 17th 2016 - 10:07 UTC

    Santos in US for medical exams; the president underwent prostate surgery in 2012

    “This news comes as a surprise to my family and me. I remain confident that the result of these new tests will be positive,” Santos said.

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has travelled to the United States for medical exams after follow-up tests for a 2012 case of prostate cancer came back abnormal, he said. Santos, this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner for his efforts to reach a peace deal with Marxist rebels, announced the trip in a brief statement as he left a clinic in Bogota where he has undergone regular check-ups since having surgery to remove a small prostate tumor four years ago.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 08:43 UTC

    Colombia and FARC announce modified peace accord

    “It is a better agreement,” said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who last month won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the war.

    Colombia's government and its largest rebel group announced a new, modified peace accord Saturday, after voters rejected an earlier deal in a referendum. The government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) - a Marxist guerrilla group - said in a joint statement they had incorporated proposals from various groups in the new deal.

  • Tuesday, November 8th 2016 - 07:28 UTC

    South American presidents and who they would like to see at the White House

    Temer admitted concern but “no US president can do whatever he pleases, since in the United States institutions work with an effective system of checks and balances”

    A majority of South American presidents would prefer to see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the White House, while a few believe whoever wins will make not much of a difference for the continent. Nevertheless be it Hillary or Trump there is mostly respect for US institutions.

  • Friday, November 4th 2016 - 10:28 UTC

    UK pledges additional funds for the Colombian peace process and demining

    Prime Minister Theresa May announced the increased funding following her meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at 10 Downing Street.

    The UK will increase its contribution to prosperity programs in Colombia by up to £25 million, supporting economic development and opening up investment and export opportunities worth in the region of £6 billion to the UK economy.

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