Campaigning has come to an end in Colombia’s second round presidental election. It’s proven to be a tough battle between President Juan Manuel Santos and opposition challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga.
Market friendly Santos has received criticism for the slow progress made in peace talks with FARC rebels and for offering them too many concessions.
“With regards to the peace talks. We’ve reached a level never before seen in negotiations with FARC. We’ve accomplished more in four years than anybody else had in the previous 46,” said Juan Manuel Santos.
Zuluaga has surged in the polls on promises he would defeat the rebels on the battlefield.
A former finance minister who served under previous president Álvaro Uribe, he has been credited for helping Colombia grow during the global financial crisis.
“FARC continue to recruit children, they are still assassinating Colombians, making threats and adding to the number of victims. If they really are committed to peace they should accept my offer to negotiate and suspend all criminal activity against Colombians,” said Oscar Ivan Zuluaga
The second round vote to decide who will lead the country for the next fours years will take place on Sunday but polls are open as of Monday for Colombians living abroad.