Backgrounder: The other side of the preliminary results in Colombia

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The five candidates who competed in the first round are linked in some way with Álvaro Uribe. (Photo: Reuters)

This Sunday, after more than 20 newsletters, the Registry of Colombia announced that the presidential elections taking place in the South American nation would runoff. Candidates chosen for the new race are Juan Manuel Santos, the country’s current president, Óscar Iván Zuluaga, one of the hottest contenders after being linked to the spy of the peace process, Andrés Sepúlveda, through a video released by the Week magazine.
They led the first presidential election race qualified as the quietest of the last decade in Colombia, but also stand out with a high rate of abstention, with more than 60 percent, despite a total of 32,975,158 Colombian voters are entitled to vote and of which just over 13 thousand exercised. While paradoxically blank votes, which proved to be a phenomenon of social networks did not become an electoral reality. Hardly will reach 800 thousand votes.
The winner of the second round – to be held on June 15th-occupy the presidential chair during the period 2014-2018 and will, among other responsibilities, take forward the peace process with the government develops the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC ).
Candidates, thoroughly
Juan Manuel Santos was born in Bogota (Colombia’s capital) on 10 August 1951. Was He 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. It was defense minister in the controversial president Alvaro Uribe and is the current president in Colombia.
Uribe brings these two candidates, although candidates represent a political and personal stories opposite, and is supported by the Colombian president Santos presidential option, probably aiming for some sort of co-governance, which never happened. Uribe repeats the formula and has done the same with Óscar Iván Zuluaga.
The flagship of Uribe 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. But what really made it was highlighted recently became embroiled in a scandal over a video in which he is the spy of the peace process in Colombia, Andrés Sepúlveda. The Office of Colombia confirmed its authenticity, although it claimed that it was staged.
Except Uribe’s candidate, all other candidates are from family and politically the two Colombian historical parties, the Liberal and Conservative colorado blue.
Uribe is linked to all the presidential candidates who competed in the first presidential race each other personally and through a political link. Three candidates were ministers and other electoral ally Uribe was.Even the only candidate left in the presidential list, Clara Lopez, was “girlfriend” Uribe when both worked in the government of Alfonso López Michelsen in the seventies, he declared it to Colombian media.
The June 15 Colombians must choose between two proposals: Santos who has focused his campaign in defense of the peace process being conducted by the government with the FARC and the speaker of a possible second term here as a “second time “indispensable to consolidate peace.
And with its controversial contender offering, criticizing the current peace process with the FARC and defend a return to security policies and combating insurgent groups that characterized the previous government of Uribe.