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Santos favourite in Colombia vote

Santos favourite in Colombia vote
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Colombians have gone to the polls for the second round of presidential elections.

Ex- Defence Minister Juan Santos is seen as favourite to succeed outgoing leader, Alvaro Uribe.

Analysts say turnout may be low as voters, expecting Santos to win, stay home to watch football.

It’s a factor President Uribe has tried to prevent:

“Watching the World Cup matches is really enjoyable,” he said. “Sport unites humanity, but it’s more enjoyable to watch it after voting.”

Juan Santos nearly won the first round of elections outright in May, with pledges to continue the government’s success in fighting rebels and boosting investment.

Polls show his support has grown since, to over 66 percent of those surveyed.

Lagging behind with close to 28 percent, is Antanas Mockus, the Green candidate and ex-Mayor of Bogota. He is calling for better education and cleaner government.

With hundreds of thousands of police and soldiers on duty, the Colombian government is doing all it can to ensure election day goes off peacefully.

But with high unemployment, a stubborn fiscal deficit and trade tensions with Venezuela on his to-do list, the victor’s term in office may be anything but peaceful.