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    Default Colombian Elections 2018

    It is almost a surprise that a left candidate did well enough to make 2nd (Petro seems to be an independent having split from the 'old left'), but the old establishment parties collapsed in the traditionally very right wing country. An independent 'centrist' coming a close 3rd. As ever worrying is the success of the extreme right's Duque who will be hard to stop . Left politics a dangerous occupation in Colombia it should be noted (it having being called the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist and having a previous generation of left activists wiped out, the murders never ended in fact) . Awaiting more analysis from RNN, JacobinMag or elsewhere https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...o-petro-runoff

    Party wise Petro seems nowhere much (no parlimentarians AFAIK) and even if he somehow overcomes Duque's big lead faces a very right wing parliament . The left PDA (which Petro split from) having done very badly this year . Some very misleadingly named parties by the way (eg Democratic Centre = extreme right and Greens = centrish only, the party of the old president could only be described 'centre-left' by Colombian standards being right wing but not extreme ) . I'd assume that this will be seen as a comeback by the left and a victory of sorts in itself giving them an opportunity to build a new political block .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colomb...election,_2018
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustavo_Petro

    RNN has some pre election analysis https://therealnews.com/stories/colo...-a-real-chance
    While JacobinMag had some background info https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/c...rc-duque-patro
    Last edited by GregTimo; 28-05-2018 at 12:44 PM.

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    Very optimistic analysis from Real News Network, who reckons Petro can win . https://therealnews.com/stories/colo...sidential-vote
    It seems the Liberals (one of the 2 old establishment parties) are now seen as social liberal to social democratic . I would not normally trust wikis from this part of the world , but it ties in with the above
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombian_Liberal_Party
    The Liberals are the biggest party in the Lower house of parliament https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colomb...election,_2018
    while close 3rder 'centrist' independent Sergio Fajardo used to be aligned Green (whatever that means in Colombia I don't know) but the RNN analyst lumps him centre-left (which may be doubtful)
    Wilpert's description of extreme rightist Duque as 'conservative' is a puzzle but he is married to the Venezulan ambassador to Ecuador and is no doubt being diplomatic, but analyst Murillo reminds of the link to the death squads at the end via Uribe the former president from his party

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    The unwise optimism of the last report replaced by some realism . Easy to guess why the 'centre left' is divided . Gustavo is a former guerilla and I suspect many wont vote for him just because of that . Another unremarked on irony is the interviewee remark about the depressing affects of the 'disaster in Venezuela' , the white faced interviewer is said to be married to the Venezuelan ambassador to Ecuador. So that is an acknowledged factor whatever the complicated reasons . The run-off is today
    https://therealnews.com/stories/colo...ithout-program

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    It was just too much for Petro as you'd guess https://www.telesurtv.net/english/ne...0617-0016.html

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    Pretty grim assessment now, the term Mafia capitalism is used https://therealnews.com/stories/far-...htening-result

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