Colombia chooses a new president

Colombia votes
Colombia votes
By Philip Andrew Churm
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The two would-be successors to President Santos could be more different from each other.


Voting has been taking place in Colombia to choose the country’s next president.

Among the issues the two main candidates are focusing on is a controversial deal with FARC rebels, accusations of corruption and the economy.

The poll is being held to replace former president, Juan Manuel Santos who won the Nobel Peace Prize – and international respect - in 2016 for negotiating the deal with the FARC rebels.

He’d been in office for eight years.

His two would-be successors could be more different from each other.

Ivan Duque is seen as the pro-business, right of centre option but has no political experience. He’s threatening to rewrite the peace agreement and reinvestigate alleged by the group.

In contrast there is Gustavo Petro, a left-wing former guerrilla who hopes to tackle huge inequality in Colombia and redistribute land.

Whoever wins the election is likely to face a huge challenge in uniting a deeply divided country.

_Correction: The headline originally said "Columbia". It has been updated to "Colombia". _

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