The Washington Post | 3/16/2010 12:00:00 AM
Former defense minister front-runner in Colombia election
March 16--With results from congressional elections trickling in Monday, Juan Manuel Santos, a former defense minister who marshaled U.S. aid to thrash Marxist guerrillas, has consolidated his position as the front-runner to succeed Álvaro Uribe as president of Colombia.
"Today the U party has won -- the party of President Uribe," Santos said late Sunday after polls closed. "We are newly consolidated as the principal political force in the country."
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