Juan Manuel Santos re-elected as President of Colombia

Jun 16, 2014 12:45 IST

Juan Manuel Santos of Social National Party was re-elected as the President of Colombia on 15 June 2014. He won the Presidential election with 51 percent of votes against Right Wing candidate, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga with 45 percent of polled votes.

He will take charge as the President for the second term in August 2014.  

Santo’s government began a peace deal with leftist FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia in Spanish) rebels in 2012 and recently began the preliminary talks with a second rebel group, ELN (National Liberation Army). The peace deal will end more than 50 years of internal conflict and provide the peace to the civilians.

Colombia (Republic of Colombia) is a country situated in the northwest corner of South America. It is the third largest economy in South America.

About Juan Manuel Santos
• He was born in 1951.
• He co-founded the Social National Unity Party in 2005 to support the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.
• He served as Minister of Foreign Trade in 1994
• He was Minister of Defence from 2006 to 2009.
• He became the President of Colombia for the first time on 20 June 2010.

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