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Municipal Elections Highlight Split Among Colombia's Elites

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

After a campaign plagued by corruption allegations and violence -- 41 candidates were murdered during recent months -- the outcome of Colombia’s municipal elections last weekend paints the picture of a nation polarized between left-leaning pragmatists in urban centers and conservative elites clinging to countryside power.

Perhaps most striking was the rise of Gustavo Petro, a former leftist guerilla, who was elected mayor of Bogota after running on an outspokenly “anti-corruption” platform. ...

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