The Miami Herald | 7/13/2010 12:00:00 AM
Getting better every day
July 13--Recently, Colombia achieved yet another milestone as Latin America's longest running democracy. Voters overwhelmingly elected former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos to replace President Alvaro Uribe, who, enjoying overwhelming popularity, will step down on August 7, after eight years and two very successful terms in office.
President-elect Santos has had a long and successful public career as defense, finance and trade minister, and has an outstanding academic background. Joining President-elect Santos as Colombia's new Vice President is Angelino Garzón, a former national trade union leader, secretary of labor, regional governor and ambassador to the United Nations Office in Geneva, which covers the International Labor Organization. Vice President-elect Garzón's first meeting, hours after the election, was on the issue of protection of human rights.
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