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Santos announces re-election bid, with the help from Farc and the peace process

Thursday, November 21st 2013 - 14:55 UTC
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced he would seek a second term in office next May, a widely expected decision that could offer him another four years to pursue a peace process he initiated with Marxist FARC rebels.“I want a Colombia that is at peace and prosperous for all,” Santos said in an address to the nation. Read full article

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  • ChrisR

    Seems the only option to this observer.

    Nov 21st, 2013 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    The difference between Santos and Zuluaga is extremely small when it comes to economic management. Which will give everyone stability no matter who wins.

    However, while Uribe used the stick and bashed the crap out of FARC, Santos has done less so by negotiating. The stick has been used for 50 years and negotiating is rarely used because the FARC always use it to their advantage.

    With a recent uptick in violence, Santos is not that popular. But then again, such an increase could be seen as a desperate last minute spasm by criminals as they too see the writing on the wall; that the FARC and their associates are about to be assigned to the dustbin of history.

    FARC have an incentive to wind up and finish the negotiations before the election, because Zuluaga will pretty much walk away from them. So the next 6 months will either be very busy and successful or a sheer waste of time.

    I wonder who will be the president when I arrive in Colombia next November?

    Nov 21st, 2013 - 10:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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