Santos Wins 2nd Term as Colombia’s Prez

    Colombian presidential candidate and President Juan Manuel Santos waves to the crowd after winning a second term in the country's presidential elections in Bogota June 15, 2014. Santos won a second term on Sunday with an election victory that allows him to continue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas to end a half-century war. Santos beat right-wing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga with about 50.9 percent support after a bitter campaign that challenged voters to decide between the incumbent's pursuit of negotiated peace or a likely escalation of combat under his rival. The word "Peace" is written on Santos' right hand.    REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez (COLOMBIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR3TYKV

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    Juan Manuel Santos secured his second term as president of Colombia in one of the tightest races in the country’s history. With 50.9 percent of the vote, Santos beat out his right-wing rival Oscar Iván Zuluaga, who nabbed 45 percent. The hotly contested election centered on peace talks with leftist guerrillas. Santos began peace talks with leftist FARC rebels in 2012 and announced he would start talks with ELN, another rebel group, shortly prior to the election. Much of Zuluaga’s campaign was focused on slamming Santos for cooperating with the guerrilla groups, which have a history of murdering and kidnapping Colombians. However, Santos’ victory is seen as a sign of the nation’s approval of the talks. In front of cheering crowd, many of whom had “paz” (peace) written on their hands, Santos said “Colombians have voted for the hope of swapping fear for peace.”

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