Profiles candidates in Colombia’s presidential race

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The five candidates will face this Sunday for the presidential seat at the polls. (Photo: The Week)

This Sunday Colombians return to the polls to choose who will be their president for the next four years. Applicants represent a variety of policy options and personal stories that seek to convince and win. The current president, Juan Manuel Santos, seeks re-election to a second and final period. His opponents include representatives of the left, right and independent parties.
Eugenia Clara Lopez Obregon | Democratic Pole Party.

Born in Bogota on April 12, 1950. Studied economics at Harvard University and Tax Law at the University of Salamanca. He served as Secretary of Government of Bogotá, from 2008 until 2011, when she was appointed as mayor of the capital, to replace ousted president Samuel Moreno.
Key Proposals: Calls for change in the policies of free trade and privatization numbers in the last 25 years. Promises new social policies. Advocates a negotiated settlement.
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón | Party of National Unity.

Born in Bogota on August 10, 1951. Studied Economics and Business Administration at the University of Kansas, United States. He also did an MA in Economics and Economic Development from the London School of Economics and another in Public Administration from Harvard University. He was Minister of Defense of the controversial president Alvaro Uribe. He is the current president in Colombia.Key proposals: Has focused his campaign in defense of the peace process being conducted by the government with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Talk of a possible second term as his “second time” indispensable to consolidate peace.
Marta Lucía Ramírez de Rincón | Conservative Party.

He was born on July 4, 1954 in Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca. Studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and made specializations in Senior Business Management, Business Law and Financial Law. It was the former Defence Minister Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010).
Proposals: Defend policies to combat corruption, strengthen justice and support for the rights of women.
Óscar Iván Zuluaga Escobar | Democratic Center Party.

He was born on February 3, 1959 in Pennsylvania, Caldas. He studied Economics at the Javeriana University of Bogotá. He did a Masters in Public Finance at the University of Exeter in England. Uribe flags flying and has been involved in a row over a video in which he is seen with the spy of the peace process in Colombia, Andrés Sepúlveda.
Key proposals: While making a strong critic of the current peace process with the FARC, advocates a return to the policies of security and fighting insurgent groups that characterized the previous government of Uribe.
Enrique Peñalosa Londoño | Green Party.

He was born on September 30, 1954 in Washington, United States.He studied economics at Duke University, with master’s and doctorate from Institut international d’administration publique and the University of Paris. He was mayor of Bogotá (capital). Under his management, the city underwent a profound transformation, among other reasons, by the implementation of the mass transit system “Transmilenio”.
Key proposals: Defend the need for policies to improve urban safety and quality of life of the majority of Colombians who live in cities. Promises to improve education and fight corruption.