October 25--After agonizing a few months over a guerrilla pamphlet that named him as a "military target," Hermes Sanchez finally decided to quit the race for mayor of Leiva, a rural municipality in Colombia's lawless southwest.
Colombia in the World
October 25--COLOMBIA’s government had waited so long for the country’s free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States to be approved that when it passed at last, officials were caught a little off guard. The deal had been stalled in Washington for more than five years because of lobbying by left-leaning advocacy groups, who asked to see progress in Colombia’s human-rights record before rewarding the country with the trade deal. The FTA is expected to increase Colombia’s long-term economic growth rate by over half a percentage point.