Business Week | 3/15/2010 12:00:00 AM
Colombia congress vote aids Santos presidential bid
March 15--Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos’s La U party led in congressional elections held yesterday, consolidating his position as front-runner to succeed Alvaro Uribe.
“It’s very likely the next president will emerge from the political parties that support Uribe,” said Alberto Ramos, a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economist, in a telephone interview. “If those parties maintain their hold in Congress, the next president will benefit from relatively strong governability conditions.”
Colombians chose all 102 senators and 166 representatives in the elections, which officials said went off with little violence after rebels had threatened to disrupt the vote.
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