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With 98 percent of the votes counted, conservative 41 year old Ivn Duque nailed down 39 percent of the vote, according to Colombia’s national electoral agency. He was followed by the progressive 58 year old economist and ex mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, with 25percent.

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Colombia is polarized. A 2016 peace accord led to the demobilization of thousands of fighters from the FARC rebel group last year, but while some Colombians want to forgive and move on, others are frustrated, insisting on harsher punishment for FARC leaders than is pending.

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moncler outlet uk moncler outlet online “If Petro were to win, it could create big problems for Colombia’s relations with the United States, least because I would think [President] Trump’s immediate reaction to Petro would be very negative,” said Philip Paterson, a Latin American analyst at Oxford Analytica. “We might see a lot more frustration between Washington and Bogot in terms of Washington pushing for coca crop eradication programs which I think Petro would be far less likely to follow through on, where Duque would do it enthusiastically.” moncler outlet online moncler outlet uk

cheap moncler jackets sale The issues on voters’ minds reflect a Colombia that more and more resembles its South American neighbors, where ire toward corruption, frustration over access to effective health care, and attention to environmental issues are competing with Colombia’s age old political debates of how to tackle drug trafficking and stop armed conflict. cheap moncler jackets sale

moncler outlet store moncler sale outlet For voters, Duque represents a nostalgic return to the hard line security stance of former president lvaro Uribe. Duque has called for harsher punishments for FARC leaders, who face restricted liberties if jurors find they tell the truth in a special tribunal. moncler sale outlet moncler outlet store

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moncler outlet jackets Alexandra de Brigard, a 47 year old architect, said she supports Duque with the hope that he will restore Colombia to what it was before outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos took office in 2010. moncler outlet jackets

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“Santos did the exact opposite of what he promised, the exact opposite of Uribe,” she added, reflecting many pro Duque voters’ regret and frustration that the second term Santos broke the continuity of Uribe’s hard line security policy with FARC.

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Detractors say behind Duque’s moderate rhetoric are staunch, ultraconservative sectors backed by regional business elites.

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Petro wants to dismantle Colombia’s mining and oil sector and replace it with renewables, as well as strengthen the agricultural sector where many of the rural poor are employed.

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moncler sale outlet “He’s talked about wanting to wind down coal and oil in three years, which I think is moncler outlet store extremely ambitious and unlikely to happen in reality,” Paterson says. “I certainly don’t think he would be hostile to business. He’d still be trying to encourage international private investment into Colombia.” moncler sale outlet

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