Congress Elections: Colombians supported President Uribe and Vote Aids Santos Presidential Bid
Juan Manuel Santos - Presidential Candidate with good chances to win in Colombia (photo Laura Rico Piñeres)
Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos’s La U party led in congressional elections held yesterday, consolidating his position as the front-runner to succeed Alvaro Uribe.
The four main parties that backed Uribe over the past eight years were projected to win 66 of 102 seats in the Senate, El Tiempo newspaper reported, citing the National Registry. La U, the biggest among them in the upper house, was poised to gain 27 seats with 94 percent of ballots counted.
“The Colombian people were very clear yesterday, saying, we want these policies to continue,” Santos, who served as a defense minister under Uribe and pledges to follow his security and economic line, told Bogota-based W Radio today.
The congressional vote, a gauge of political sentiment ahead of the May 30 presidential election, went off with little violence after rebels had threatened to disrupt balloting.
“It’s very likely the next president will emerge from the political parties that support Uribe,” said Alberto Ramos, a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economist, in a phone interview. “The next president will benefit from relatively strong governability conditions.”
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