Colombia’s Elections Were Full of Surprises. The Presidential Race Could Bring More

People check a voter list to confirm where they should cast their ballots during legislative elections, Bogota, Colombia, March 11, 2018 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
People check a voter list to confirm where they should cast their ballots during legislative elections, Bogota, Colombia, March 11, 2018 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).

Before Colombians voted in congressional and presidential primary elections last Sunday, the front-runner in the race for president, according to early polls, was Gustavo Petro, a former leftist guerrilla fighter and once-mayor of Bogota. But to anyone who thought those numbers meant Colombia was about to take a sharp leftward turn, the election results came as a surprise. The most startling outcome from the congressional vote was the spectacularly disastrous performance by the FARC, the longtime rebel group that signed a peace deal in 2016, demobilized and entered politics, repurposing its Spanish acronym from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia […]

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