Colombia: Zuluaga Bests Incumbent Santos; Pair Head to Runoff


EspañolOscar Iván Zuluaga, the Democratic Center Party’s presidential candidate, has placed first in Colombia’s elections this Sunday, defeating incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos’s reelection bid.

According to the latest preliminary results of Colombia’s National Registry, Zuluaga has received 3,759,912 votes or 29.25 percent, followed by Juan Manuel Santos with 3,014,217 votes, or 25.68 percent.

Marta Lucía Ramírez, candidate for the Conservative Party, is in third with 1,995,628 votes (15.53 percent); Clara López, running for the Democratic Pole and the Patriotic Union alliance, has 1,957,626 votes (15.23 percent); and Enrique Peñalosa, 1,065,111 votes (8.29 percent).

These figures correspond to 99.96 percent of all voting booths.

Oscar Iván Zuluaga and Juan Manuel Santos will compete again for the presidency in a second round, scheduled for June 15.

Source: El País, El Tiempo.

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