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Colombian Vice President to Resign in March to Launch 2018 Presidential Bid

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Feb 21, 2017, 9:46 am
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Vice President Vargas will leave his office in March to collect signatures that will make him eligible for the 2018 campaign. (Vicepresidencia de Colombia)

EspañolColombian Vice President Germán Vargas Lleras plans to step down March 15 to collect enough signatures to be eligible for the 2018 presidential election.

He reportedly plans to dedicate his time and effort to infrastructure projects, as well as free housing programs. Having executed a budget never before seen in the country, Vargas Lleras is considered one of the strong contenders in the upcoming campaign.

Though Vargas Lleras belongs to the Radical Change party and is one of the party’s visible leaders, he will reportedly not use that positioning to obtain an endorsement; instead, he hopes to become eligible through the collection of citizen signatures.

 

Several Radical Change legislators have reportedly said the vice president made the decision to collect signatures due to his party’s recent reputation following corruption cases involving its members. Last month, one was convicted of murder in the department of La Guajira.

Other candidates for presidency have not come to light, and most likely won’t until drawing closer to the election.

Source: El Tiempo

Julián Villabona Galarza Julián Villabona Galarza

Julián is a reporter with the PanAm Post with studies in Politics and International Relations from the University Sergio Arboleda in Colombia. Follow him: @julianvillabona.