Skip to comments.Zuluaga wins first round of Colombia election
Posted on 05/25/2014 6:40:50 PM PDT by Rusty0604
Two conservatives - current president Juan Manuel Santos and Oscar Zuluaga - will face off again in a runoff in June.
Oscar Zuluaga, a far-right candidate who opposes peace talks with leftist rebels, has won the first round of Colombias presidential election with more than 29 percent of the vote.
He will face current President Juan Manuel Santos, who took 25 percent of Sunday´s vote, in a run-off election on June 15 as neither of the rightist candidates was able to secure a majority in the first round.
Zuluaga and Santos share the same ideas on economic policy, but disagree sharply on the prospect of peace with FARC rebels. Negotiations came to be the defining issue of a campaign marked by scandals from both leading camps.
Santos has been negotiating with the guerillas in Cuba to end Colombia´s long-running civil conflict which has claimed more than 215,000 lives. Zuluaga, following in the footsteps of his key backer, former hard-line President Alvaro Uribe, doesn´t believe in the talks, favouring a military solution instead.
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215,000 lives. Is that true? For what?
For negotiating with the commies.
Uncle rrrod, what’s up in Colombia? I’m not hearing anything about the Colombian elections from our church members; guess they’re just glad to be out of there.
It’s paradigm, you get your defense in order to fight the Commies ... but if you let down even a little bit, it all goes to pieces.
Seems like our media doesn’t cover much news from our neighbors to the south in our own hemisphere.