Colombia’s former Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos has won the country’s presidency in a landslide victory.
He took 69 percent of the vote in the run-off against the former Mayor of Bogota Antanas Mockus.
Santos has promised to continue the pro-business and security policies of his predecessor Alvaro Uribe.
Mockus and his small Green party had campaigned on a call for cleaner government but was unable to stop Santos who was closely identified with the popular Uribe.
He was unable to stand for a third term under Colombia’s constitution but his fight against left wing FARC rebels during his time in office had the backing of much of the country.
In a sharp reminder of the lingering conflict facing Santos, seven police officers died in a land mine blast and troops killed six rebels on election day.