Colombia election analysis

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Last month’s presidential elections in Colombia ended with no candidate receiving enough support to win the election outright.

CCTV’s Anand Naidoo is joined by Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue, to discuss the Colombia elections.

Columbia election discussions

Columbia election discussions

Last month's presidential elections in Colombia ended with no candidate receiving enough support to win the election outright.

CCTV’s Anand Naidoo is joined by Natalie Alhonte, an associate director at the Atlantic Council’s Latin America Center; Alberto Bernal, the head of research and a partner at Bulltick capital markets; and Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, for an in-depth look at the Colombia elections. 

Columbia election discussions

Columbia election discussions

Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter American Dialogue dicusses more on the same topic.

So it’s back to the polling booth for voters. They will be choosing between the top two finishers, incumbent Juan Manuel Santos and the man who actually took the most votes, his opponent Oscar Ivan Zuluaga.

Both candidates have similar policies but diverge considerably when it comes to dealing with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the extremist rebel group better known as FARC.

Zuluaga has campaigned heavily on taking a more hardline stance on FARC only to have a change of heart in the last few days. CCTV’s Michelle Begue reports.

Columbia election discussions

Columbia election discussions

Both camps have been accused of using dirty tactics. And former president Alvaro Uribe has been accused of pulling the strings behind the scenes in the Zuluaga campaign.

  • Natalia

    Colombia, the COUNTRY in South America is spelled ColOmbia.. not ColUmbia.