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Political inheritance of former colombian President Alvaro Uribe

President Alvaro Uribe may go down as one of Colombia’s greatest presidents, with his policies for tackling guerrillas and drug-traffickers now a permanent fixture in the country.

“We were on the point of being a failed state,” said Maria Victoria Llorente of the think tank Fundacion Ideas para La Paz.

“There was only one item on the political agenda and that was the rebels and security. He was the man for the job.”

But for some, the success in taking on the rebels is balanced by a more negative legacy as Mr Uribe prepares to bow out on 7 August after eight years at the helm. He has not been immune from political scandals and Colombia’s relations with its neighbours are patchy.

For the majority of Colombians, though, security has been the key issue, demonstrated in recent opinion polls giving the president 75% approval ratings.

At the root of this popularity is one simple fact:  the former President Uribe made Colombia a safer place.

In 2002, as a political outsider, Alvaro Uribe broke…READ MORE HERE