Left-wing López capable of a Colombian presidential ‘coup’?

imageResounding electoral success is not a phrase often used to describe the Colombian left; unsurprising in a country that has endured 50 years of war against Communist insurgents.

If recent polls are right, however, the presidential elections of 2014 are a once in a generation opportunity to redraw the political map. A third of voters appear set to vote left-wing while the right will be split between a Uribe-backed-horse and President Santos.

If a candidate can be found to unite the left, and appeal to those in the centre, then victory is a possibility. There are many names in the frame but only one that can win – Clara López, President of the Polo Democratic Alternative party. The grandstanding polemicists must now give way and let López, a serious politician with real experience, have a shot at the Casa de Nariño.

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Uribe turns Colombia’s political cold war caliente


Alvaro Uribe parked his tanks on President Juan Manuel Santos’ lawn this Thursday.

At a special gathering of loyal followers in an exclusive club in the north of Bogota, Uribe announced the formation of the Puro Centro Democratico political movement – the platform from which he will fight to return Uribism to the presidential palace in 2014.

For months Uribe has attacked Santos from the bunker of his Twitter account, but over night the cold war turned hot; Uribism is now the official opposition in Colombia.

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