LOS ANGELES TIMES | 4/6/2010 12:00:00 AM
Colombia After Uribe
The next president must move beyond his legacy of improved security and tackle the country's core issue: economic inequality.
Most of the contenders to replace Uribe, including the front-runner, former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos, promise to maintain his hard-line approach to battling the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The conservative president seriously weakened the FARC, which had about 16,000 foot soldiers when he took office but is now down to an estimated 6,000 to 8,000. At the same time, kidnappings and killings have plummeted, and foreign investment has increased fivefold, to $10 billion.
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