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Presidential election

May 25, 2014 - COLOMBIA

Center-right President Juan Manuel Santos plans to run for a second term in the election on or about 25 May 2014.

He is seeking to combine a referendum on a peace deal that ends the war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) with either the country's upcoming elections - a legislative vote in March or the May presidential vote. Such a deal would burnish Santos' legacy, almost assuring him of his second term, while ending a 50-year insurgency that has killed an estimated 200,000 people. Santos goes into the election with assets: the country is enjoying a period of political stability, violence is down and the economy is growing. His potential rivals include former President Alvaro Uribe, who remains popular; German Vargas Lleras, who ran against Santos in 2010 and then joined his government as housing minister; Antonio Navarro Wolff, a former M-19 guerrilla leader; and Clara López, leader of the leftist Polo Democrático Alternativo.

Progress with FARC slower than hoped for: Santos (Reuters 19 Oct 2013)

Santos must play smart re-election cards (Buenos Aires Herald 29 Sep 2013)

Santos seeks referendum to pave way for peace deal Reuters 22 Aug 2013)

Date written/update: 2013-11-20