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| 4/23/2010 12:00:00 AM

Lithuanian aims to lead Colombia

April 23--An ethnic Lithuanian in Colombia is running for president for the second time, despite suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Antanas Mockus has had his attempt to lead Colombia compared by local media to Barack Obama’s fight for the president’s chair in the United States.

Mockus, 58, does not belong to the major parties in the country and attracts strong support for not using the traditional structures of the political work.

The former university rector and mayor of the capital Bogota, has over 300,000 fans on his Facebook fan page, far more than his rivals. His popularity went up, not down, when he announced that he suffered from the degenerative Parkinson’s disease.
 
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