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Tension Mounts in Colombia During Electoral Campaign, Peace Talks

LADB Article ID: 79240
Category/Department: Colombia
Date: 2014-03-07
By: Andrés Gaudín

Colombians, including President Juan Manuel Santos, live in a climate of tension, moving from one shock to the next. Between Feb. 4 and Feb. 23—in the midst of an electoral campaign which will culminate when voters will go to the polls March 9 to elect 102 senators and 166 deputies and again on May 25 to elect a president—disturbing allegations have been revealed about political destabilization and various cases of violence that include spying, military corruption, threats to political and social leaders, and attacks against progressive candidates participating in both upcoming elections. This tense situation unfolds in the context of 15 months of conversations between the government and guerrillas aimed at putting an end to the internal war that has gripped the country for more than half a century.

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