The Miami Herald | 6/22/2010 12:00:00 AM
Another strong leader for Colombia
June 22--Santos election bodes well for important U.S. ally.
Mr. Santos will have a lot going for him in his new role. He won a strong popular mandate -- 69 percent of the vote -- and will enjoy an ample legislative majority. As president, he will govern a country that became far more stable during Mr. Uribe's eight-year tenure, thanks to tough counter-insurgency measures and a 10-year, $6 billion investment by the United States in Plan Colombia.
As a former defense minister, Mr. Santos is both well-known to American officials and rightly deserves a share of the credit for Plan Colombia. Indeed, many Colombians associate him with several winning military actions, including the attack against a rebel camp in Ecuador in 2008 and the rescue of 15 hostages, including three Americans.
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