Colombia

Santos leads Presidential election by 17 percent


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Incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos is well positioned to win the presidential election on 25th May according to a recent Gallup survey.

Santos is on 32.5% of the vote with his closest rivals Oscar Ivan Zuluaga of the Democratic Center Party on 15.6% and Green Party candidate Enrique Peñalosa on 11.3%.

Because a candidate has to win 50% of the vote in a first round that means that Santos would face Zuluaga in a second round runoff on 15th June. In that ballot a simple majority is required and the poll suggests that Santos would get 47.2% to Zuluaga’s 29.7%.

In the legislative elections held on 9th March Santos’ Social Party of National Unity or Party of the U took the most seats in the Senate and Chamber of Representatives but his coalition lost enough seats to make his work harder in the future. The main issue was a difference of opinion as to whether the government should continue peace talks with The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (FARC) or return to a military solution; it seems the result was a tepid vote for continuing talks.

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