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Colombia After Uribe

The next president must move beyond his legacy of improved security and tackle the country's core issue: economic inequality.

Colombia After Uribe

If Colombian voters could have their way in next month's election, Alvaro Uribe would return to the Casa de Narino -- the presidential palace -- on the strength of his 70% approval rating. But the country's Constitutional Court determined that he could not seek a third consecutive term, and in weeks will come the end of an era.

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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