Will Duque Maintain Santos’ Other Legacy in Colombia—the Economic Recovery?

Colombia’s former president, Juan Manuel Santos, center, welcomes President Ivan Duque at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 7, 2018 (Colombia’s presidential press office via AP).
Colombia’s former president, Juan Manuel Santos, center, welcomes President Ivan Duque at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 7, 2018 (Colombia’s presidential press office via AP).
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A day before Nicolas Maduro accused Juan Manuel Santos and the “Bogota oligarchy” of orchestrating an audacious attempt on his life with explosive-equipped drones earlier this month, Colombia’s outgoing president reminded his Venezuelan counterpart of the reality that divides their two nations. “Eight years ago we agreed with Chavez and Maduro that history would judge which economic system was better,” Santos wrote on Twitter. Inflation in Colombia, he noted, was 3.12 percent. In Venezuela, it was a stunning 1 million percent. “The verdict is clear.” Reining in inflation is one of a number of economic achievements from Santos’ eight years […]

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