Santos’ Re-election Puts Colombia’s Left in Spotlight

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos awaits the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for a bilateral meeting, Oct. 1, 2015, New York (AP photo by Jason DeCrow).
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos awaits the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for a bilateral meeting, Oct. 1, 2015, New York (AP photo by Jason DeCrow).

On June 15, Juan Manuel Santos emerged as the victor of a close and contentious battle for the Colombian presidency. He ran on a campaign promise to continue the peace talks he started with the country’s main leftist guerrilla army, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in November 2012. His re-election, Santos declared, was proof that Colombian voters had given him a mandate for peace and wanted to complete the process. Santos’ second-round victory relied in large part on the support he received from most of the established segments of Colombia’s political left, which, though historically not a major […]

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